players John Brooks, left, and Michael Orozco
challenge Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner during a friendly
soccer match at NRGI Stadium in Aarhus, Denmark,
Wednesday March 25, 2015.
since last spring is familiar: The United States does well
in the first half and fades as the final whistle approaches.
Bendtner took advantage of a defense that gave up two more
late goals to score his first international hat trick, and
Denmark rallied to beat the United States 3-2 in an
exhibition game at Aarhus on Wednesday night.
very disappointing because it's not the first time we let a
game get away from us in the last few minutes," Michael
Bradley said after his first start as American captain.
"It's something that we've got to start to learn
Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club
teammate Aron Johannsson's goal in the second.
Bendtner tied the score for the hosts in the 83rd minute and
got the winner in the first minute of stoppage time.
Christian Eriksen looped a ball over the defense and
Bendtner ran onto it, took a touch and beat goalkeeper Nick
Rimando from about 15 yards for his 29th goal in 65
was frustrated the No. 32 Americans "gave a game away
goals we gave up were just soft," he said. "We're
not hard enough to play against."
The U.S. is
2-6-3 since beating Ghana in its opener at the World Cup,
where it was knocked out by Belgium in the second round. The
Americans have given up 12 goals from the 80th minute on in
their last 12 games.
had a chance to tie it in the third minute of stoppage time
but put an open header wide off Bradley's pass. The
28th-ranked Danes outshot the U.S. 12-4.
have to step it up in terms of managing the game all 90
minutes," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "Maybe
you're just losing the focus for a second, just losing your
marker because of heavy legs, getting tired a little
changed seven starters from last month's 2-0 home win over
Panama, keeping only Rimando, midfielders Bradley and Gyasi
Zardes, and Altidore.
On a cool,
41-degree evening, Klinsmann changed his entire back line,
starting Timmy Chandler on the right, Michael Orozco and
Brooks in the center and Greg Garza on the left. Alejandro
Bedoya and Fabian Johnson also were in the midfield of a
4-4-2 formation, and Johannsson was up front.
America defender Ventura Alvarado, eligible to play for the
U.S. and Mexico, made his international debut when he
entered in the 80th minute.
put the Americans ahead in the 19th minute with his 27th
international goal. After an unmarked Bendtner tied the
score in the 33rd, Johannsson gave the U.S. the lead in the
66th off a pass from Altidore, who played with him on the
Dutch team AZ Alkmaar during the second half of the 2012-13
season. Johannsson made his first national team appearance
since the World Cup.
Johannsson's goal, the U.S. had been outscored 9-0 in the
second half of games since the World Cup while outscoring
opponents 9-2 in first halves.
new navy road jerseys, the U.S. was missing regular captain
Clint Dempsey and defender Jermaine Jones because of
injuries. Klinsmann bypassed No. 1 goalkeeper Brad Guzan and
defenders Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez.
goal, his fourth in six games, came against the run of play.
Chandler lofted a 40-yard cross from the right flank, and
Altidore got by Daniel Wass. Running onto the ball after a
bounce, Altidore took a left-footed shot from 8 yards that
deflected off sliding defender Simon Kjaer and beat
goalkeeper Stephan Andersen.
created the second American goal when he played a 30-pard
pass over the defense to Altidore, who burst past Wass.
Altidore took a touch and laid off the ball to Johannsson,
who scored from 8 yards on the field of AGF Aarhus, the club
he played for from 2010-13.
Americans next play Switzerland on Tuesday in Zurich.
have to sit down tomorrow and in the coming week to figure
out what we did wrong and fix that," Johannsson said.