Denmark Finished First Place in Group 1 in UEFA Qualifying Ahead of Portugal and Sweden; USA Will Play 11th Match Outside of the United States in 2009
CHICAGO (Oct. 13, 2009) – The United States Men’s National Team will face fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Denmark on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Aarhus, Denmark. Kickoff at NRGi Park is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), and television details will be announced in the near future. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The match will be the 11th international on foreign soil for the United States in 2009, including five matches in the run to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. The match will be the USA’s first on European soil since facing Spain in Santander on June 4, 2008.
“Having qualified for the World Cup, our focus is now on continuing to improve as a team as we build toward next summer,” said Bradley. “Denmark is a very strong opponent. They proved their quality throughout the qualifying campaign, and this match provides another great opportunity to face quality opposition in a road environment.”
Denmark wrapped up first place in Group 1 of UEFA Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 home victory on Oct. 10 against Sweden, guaranteeing a berth in South Africa. Led by head coach and former Danish international standout Morton Olsen, the Danes captured away victories against Portugal and Sweden en route to qualifying for their fourth World Cup finals tournament. In spite of its size, Denmark has a history of being one of the stronger and most consistent sides in Europe. The Danes impressed by reaching the Round of 16 in the 2002 World Cup, emerging from group play with victories against defending champions France and Uruguay.
The U.S. and Denmark have met five times in their history – never on Danish soil – and the teams have split the spoils with an even 1-1-3 record. In the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 20, 2007, at The Home Depot Center, both Jonathan Bornstein and Kenny Cooper scored in their national team debuts in helping the U.S. to a 3-1 victory. The match was also the first under Bradley, and began his record-setting run of becoming the first coach in U.S. history to win his first three games in charge.
NRGi Park is the home of AGF Aarhus of the Danish Superliga, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber’s club. The multipurpose venue seats 21,000 and there is a running track that surrounds the headed grass field.
The U.S. will play its final match of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Oct. 14 against Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Pregame coverage on ESPN2 starts at 7:30 p.m. ET, and fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. qualified for South Africa with a 3-2 victory in Honduras on Matchday 9, handing the hosts their first defeat at home in this qualifying cycle.