Recap [USA vs. Denmark, 11.18.09]

The less said about this match, the better. It was painful to watch at moments. I think that this is one of those matches that we’re supposed to learn from. So, what did we learn?

Landon Donovan is even more integral to this team than we could have imagined. We knew he was the driving force, but the team looks completely lost without him. Let’s just hope that he stays healthy.
-Can we stop seeing Frankie Hejduk on the field for the US? Please? I’ve never really been a fan, but I can’t see what he’s adding to the team at this point…other than a shocking number of slide tackles.
Jozy Altidore is off his game. I love the guy, but he really hasn’t been playing well lately. Unfortunately, there’s no one behind him in the pecking order to replace him. Hopefully, he’ll see more playing time at Hull in the near future.
-What is Bob Bradley telling these guys in the locker room at half time? Seriously. How many times this year have we seen the boys come out of the locker room and allow a goal (or three) in the first 10 minutes of the second half? I don’t have any stats on this (yet), but it’s a lot. And it just keeps happening.

Man of the Match: Hmmm…this is a tough one. No one really impressed here. I’ll give it to Jeff Cunningham and Benny Feilhaber.
Goat of the Game: So many to choose from…Spector seemed lost on the goals, and Hejduk and Bornstein were less than impressive, but I feel like a lack of effort by the midfield made the back line look even worse than they were. Verdict: too close to call.

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