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MNT vs Austria Highlights Apr 22 1998

The U.S. Men's National Team defeated Austria 3-0 behind goals from Frankie Hejduk, Brian McBride and Claudio Reyna. Steve Sampson used a 3-6-1 formation for this international friendly during the buildup to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

MNT vs Mexico Highlights June 11 2000

Highlights from the U.S. Men's National Team's 3-0 win against Mexico at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on June 11, 2000. Brian McBride, Frankie Hejduk and Ante Razov got goals for the USA to commence a decade of dominance against their most heated rival.

MNT vs Guatemala Highlights March 11 1999

The U.S. Men's National Team beat Guatemala 3-1 in a friendly on March 11, 1999. Goals from Joe-Max Moore, Brian McBride and Frankie Hejduk gave the USA the win in Los Angeles, Calif.

Three Second-Half Goals Give Denmark 3-1 Win Against U.S.

  • Cunningham Gets First International Goal
  • Castillo Earns First U.S. Men’s National Team Cap as Second-Half Substitution
  • U.S. Awaits 2010 FIFA World Cup Draw on Dec. 4

AARHUS, Denmark (Nov. 18, 2009) – Three quick second half goals by Denmark canceled out a first half goal by Jeff Cunningham and provided the Danes with a 3-1 victory against the U.S in their final match of 2009.

Cunningham capitalized on a Danish mistake for the match’s first goal in the 26th minute, but three substitutes made immediate impacts by scoring for Denmark in the first 10 minutes after the break.

“I thought the first half tonight was solid. We stayed organized and got an opportunistic goal," U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley said.

The match was the second in five days in Europe as the U.S. begins their preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and second straight against a fellow World Cup qualifier. The U.S. was one of only five teams to play two fellow World Cup qualified opponents on the final two international matchdays of 2009.

The United States concludes 2009 as the top team in CONCACAF World Cup qualification, besting rival Mexico by one point at the top of the standings. The U.S. also reached the final of a FIFA international tournament for the first time in their history, defeating No. 1 ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup before eventually falling 3-2 to Brazil in the championship match in South Africa. The following month, a younger and less experienced U.S. team marched through the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, reaching the final for the sixth time.

The U.S. now awaits the draw on Dec. 4 in South Africa to find out their group opponents for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which you can follow on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. ET or via Drawtracker on

“Two-thousand and nine was still an excellent year,” said Bradley. “The main job was to secure qualification for South Africa next June. Today Denmark picked up the pressure early in the second half and the six minute stretch really teaches us some lessons in terms of our reactions and our ability when a team really comes after us. That's something we can really look at closely and try to use down the road.”

Similar to the match against Slovakia, Bradley tapped into the depth of the U.S. player pool without the likes of Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Tim Howard. After making his first-ever appearance at center back for the U.S. on Saturday against Slovakia, Jonathan Spector again partnered with Carlos Bocanegra in the middle of defense. With Howard staying in England to nurse a foot injury, Brad Guzan again started in goal, while veteran Frankie Hejduk started at right back, and up top Cunningham earned his first start for the U.S. in four years.

A trio of players were also added to the roster since the game against Slovakia with the Houston Dynamo duo of Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden getting the starting nod, while Tigres defender Edgar Castillo, who earned his first call-up to national team camp, came on as a substitution in the 61st minute.

Despite playing Denmark five previous times, this was the team’s first game in the Scandinavian nation and Denmark capitalized on an energized crowd to get the first good chance of the match. After a foul by Benny Feilhaber on the right side of the pitch, Jakob Poulsen quickly took the free kick and dropped it in behind the U.S. defense for an onrushing Jesper Grønkjær. The forward was in a full sprint with Hejduk on his back and could not put his shot on frame, firing the volley over the crossbar from eight yards out.

The U.S. responded with their own attack, earning a free kick in the sixth minute. Holden’s cross didn’t find a teammate and the clearance was passed out to Daniel Jensen, but Feilhaber stepped in to strip the ball away. Taking one touch towards the box, the midfielder shot hard towards the near post, but Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen dived to his left and pushed the shot aside.

The next 20 minutes saw probing attacks up and down the field by both teams, but the slick pitch made final shots hard to come by.

The U.S. struck first in the 26th minute from the foot of Cunningham, punishing the Danish defense for a mistake in their end. Sørensen had possession and looked to pass it out to his left back, but neglected to see the MLS Golden Boot winner lurking nearby. Pouncing on the casual pass with his first touch, Cunningham took one more towards the top of the box before letting fly with a left-footed shot that beat the goalkeeper to the near post.

Cunningham’s goal was his first international strike, making him the ninth player this year to get his first goal with the national team and equaling a team record set in 1993. He’s also the 21st different player to score in 2009, setting a new record for the Men’s National Team.

Denmark head coach Morten Olsen made three substitutions to start the second half, bringing on Johan Absalonsen, William Kvist Jørgensen and Søren Rieks. The change paid dividends immediately, as Absalonsen pulled Denmark even in the 47th minute. Receiving a high cross into the top of the box behind the U.S. defense, the forward collected and turned towards the endline on the right side. Holding off Spector, the Dane got a clean shot past Guzan and inside the near post.

Five minutes later the home side took the lead, this time through Rieks. Denmark’s attack down the left side found Absalonsen with space. Turning towards goal and entering the box, the striker drew the defenders towards him—leaving Rieks open on the back post. With Absalonsen sliding the pass across the six yard box, Rieks calmly shot past Guzan to take the lead.

Three minutes later the final damage was done, this time on a strike from Bernburg. A pass into the arc at the top of the box was aiming for Lars Jacobsen, but the defender dove after light contact. With Bocanegra and Spector trying to close down Rieks, the striker slipped a pass between them to Bernburg, who had space to turn and fire past Guzan for a third goal in nine minutes.

Bradley responded with three substitutions of his own in the 61st minute, calling on Eddie Johnson, Robbie Rogers and newcomer Castillo to replace Cunningham, Holden and Michael Bradley, respectively.

Castillo and Rogers did well to combine with Jozy Altidore eight minutes later. Castillo’s pass up towards Altidore was touched back to Rogers 22 yards from goal. Firing a hard shot towards the right, Sørensen dove for the save and held onto the ball.

Content with a two goal lead, Denmark played for possession for the remainder of the game, passing around the pitch in a bid to kill off the clock. Two late free kicks and a Rogers corner caused some trouble for Denmark, but a tight backline ushered the game to a victorious end.

Since taking the helm in 2007, Bradley is 6-6-0 against European opponents, and 2-5-0 on European soil. The U.S. record in 2009 record moved to 13-8-3. The teams had split their previous games with identical 1-1-3 records before today’s match.

In other matches, five teams earned final spots in South Africa next summer. Algeria defeated Egypt in a one-game playoff in Sudan 1-0 to book a spot, while Portugal, Slovenia, Greece and France all won their European playoffs. The final spot is up for grabs between Costa Rica and Uruguay as the South Americans will host tonight’s second leg and hold a 1-0 aggregate lead.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States vs. Denmark
Date: Nov. 18, 2009
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: NRGi Park – Aarhus, Denmark
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 15,172
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 46 degrees

Scoring Summary:  1    2    F
USA                         1    0    1
DEN                         0    3    3

USA – Jeff Cunningham                             26th minute
DEN – Johan Absalonsen (Simon Kjær)       47
DEN – Søren Rieks (Johan Absalonsen)       52
DEN – Martin Bernburg (Søren Rieks)          55

USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 22-Frankie Hejduk, 2-Jonathan Spector (15-Jimmy Conrad, 70), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (25-Clarence Goodson, 70), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 7-Stuart Holden (19-Robbie Rogers, 61), 13-Ricardo Clark, 4-Michael Bradley (33-Edgar Castillo, 61), 5-Benny Feilhaber; 17-Jozy Altidore (28-Dax McCarty, 80), 32-Jeff Cunningham (36-Eddie Johnson, 61)
Subs not used: 35-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

DEN: 1-Thomas Sørensen; 6-Lars Jacobsen, 3-Simon Kjær, 4-Per Krøldrup, 5-Michael Lumb; 7-Daniel Jensen (18-Johan Absalonsen, 46), 2-Christian Poulsen (13-William Kvist Jørgensen, 46), 8-Jacob Poulsen; 10- Martin Jørgensen (capt.) (19-Jesper Bech, 80), 9-Morten Rasmussen (17-Martin Bernburg, 35, 20-Thomas Enevoldsen, 90), 11- Jesper Grønkjær (15-Søren Rieks, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Anders Møller Christensen, 14- Leon Jessen,16-Kim Christensen
Head Coach: Morten Olsen

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 7 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 14
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Cunningham (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gordon Middleton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Michael Svendsen (DEN) Man of the Match:
Ricardo Clark

Now rounding out his fourth FIFA World Cup cycle, Hejduk continues to amaze with his high energy, tenacious defending, and overall commitment to the cause. He has already been a part of three U.S. World Cup teams, although he was unable to go to Germany in 2006 due to a knee injury. This past year saw Hejduk contribute in crucial World Cup qualifiers, most notably when he popped up to score a rare goal (on a header no less) to salvage a point for the USA on the road in El Salvador. The captain of the Columbus Crew in MLS, Hejduk is a veteran in every sense and though he was beset by injuries in the middle of the year, is always valued for his willingness to contribute to the team.

• A member of the national team pool since 1996, he played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was one of three overage players in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
• He increased his career World Cup qualifying caps to 17 after starting three games in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
• Helped salvage a result in El Salvador on March 28, 2009, when he assisted on Jozy Altidore’s goal and scored a dramatic equalizer in the 87th minute. The point earned in the 2-2 game proved crucial down the stretch in World Cup qualifying
• Rejoined MLS, where he is a four-time All-Star and 2008 MLS Cup winner, in 2003 after a four-year stint in Europe that included three seasons at Bayer Leverkusen and a one-year spell at FC St. Gallen
2009: Marked his 14th year with the U.S. Men’s National Team by making four appearances, all starts, and grabbing one goal and one assist … Lent his veteran wherewithal to three final round World Cup qualifiers in 2009, including the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 11, the 2-2 draw with El Salvador on March 28, and the 3-0 demolition of Trinidad & Tobago on April 1 … Scored the equalizing goal in the 2-2 draw with El Salvador, his seventh career goal and second in World Cup qualifying … Also added an assist in the same game, setting up Jozy Altidore … 2008: Appeared in six games during 2008, making two starts to take his career cap total to 81 … Brought his experience to two tough road qualifiers, coming on as a sub in the historic 1-0 win against Guatemala in Guatemala City and playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory against Cuba in Havana … Came on at halftime against England and Spain, and featured as a late sub against Argentina … 2007: Made an impressive return to the national team fold, starring for the team in its 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup triumph … Made three appearances during the Gold Cup, including a bittersweet game versus Canada … He scored the opening goal of that 2-1 U.S. victory, but was also booked and subsequently rendered ineligible for the final … His goal was an excellent finish from distance … 2006: Made four appearances for the USA, all as a starter … Named to the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, but forced to withdraw due to a knee injury suffered the same weekend as the announcement … 2005: Started five of the seven 2006 World Cup qualifying games he played in, including the USA’s 2-0 Germany-clinching victory against Mexico … Played in four of six games in the USA’s 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning run, his second regional championship title … In addition to starting in the Mexico match in Columbus, he demonstrated his versatility by starting at left back in the 3-0 win on June 8 in Panama City … 2004: His eight all-time World Cup qualifying appearances through 2004 surpassed the number of games he has played in the World Cup finals … Started in four of six matches in the semifinal round of qualifying … 2003: One of only two players to appear in every match of the Gold Cup over the last two years … Wore the captain’s armband in the USA’s opening match against Turkey in the Confederations Cup … Earned his 50th cap for the MNT in a 2-0 Gold Cup win against Martinique on July 14 … 2002: Started four of five matches for the USA in the World Cup, serving a one-match suspension during the Mexico match for yellow card accumulation … Played every minute of the Gold Cup in leading the U.S. to the championship … Assisted on Josh Wolff’s game-winner in the Gold Cup final … Played in eight of the team’s first 11 games, starting six … Helped shut out Mexico in a 1-0 win on April 3 … 2001: Made one appearance for the U.S., starting at right back in a 2-1 loss to Brazil on March 3 … Broke his shoulder blade over the summer, sidelining him for nearly two months … 2000: Made six appearances for the USA in 2000 … Scored the second goal in the Nike U.S. Cup-clinching victory over Mexico at Giants Stadium in June … Saw action in the USA’s first two qualifying games in 2000, at Guatemala and Costa Rica … Competed with the U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney as an overage player … Started all six games for Clive Charles as a right back, troubling teams with his speed on the flanks … Played all 540 minutes of the Olympics, helping the team to a fourth-place finish … 1999: A member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico … Scored two goals on the year, both during Nike U.S. Cup ’99, including a late header against Guatemala and a great strike against Mexico two days later in San Diego … 1998: One of the biggest surprise stories on the U.S. World Cup Team, he went from borderline National Team pool player to starting in two of the USA’s three games in the 1998 World Cup … Scored the winning goal and had another called back in a 3-0 thrashing of Austria in Vienna … Helped the U.S. National Team reach the finals of the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing a full 90 minutes in the team’s historic 1-0 victory over Brazil … 1997: Played in two of three U.S. Cup ’97 games … 1996: In his first international start, he scored the game-tying goal for the USA in a 2-2 tie with Guatemala in World Cup qualifying on Dec. 21, 1996 … Added to the U.S. National Team’s 1996 Gold Cup roster after Earnie Stewart was dropped due to injury … Under-23s: A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic soccer team that finished ninth at the Centennial Olympic Games, playing every minute for the U.S. … Scored a goal and added an assist in a 2-1 U.S. Olympic Team win over Denmark in La Jolla, Calif., played 10 minutes away from his home … Started all seven games on pre-Olympic tour, missing only 58 minutes of playing time … Played full-time with the Under-23 National Team from Oct. 1, 1995, until the end of the Olympics … Under-17s: Was a member of the U.S. U-17 National Team in 1990 … First Appearance: Aug. 30, 1996, vs. El Salvador … First Goal: Dec. 21, 1996, vs. Guatemala.
2009: In a season plagued by niggling injuries, Hejduk made 14 appearances for the Columbus Crew … Captained the club to its second consecutive MLS Supporters Shield … Took his career appearances in MLS to over 150 … Scored one goal and added three assists as Columbus fell in the first round of the playoffs to eventual champions Real Salt Lake … 2008: Made 25 regular season appearances for the Columbus Crew to take his career total above 150 … Played every minute of the postseason for Columbus and memorably scored the final goal in a 3- 1 MLS Cup victory against New York … Added one goal and four assists in the regular season as Columbus collected the Supporters Shield as the team with the most points in the regular season … 2007: Returned to form professionally as well as internationally, and reclaimed a consistent spot in the Columbus defense … Appeared in 24 games (all starts) for the Crew as they narrowly missed the playoffs … 2006: Due to the injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad, he only appeared in four games … 2005: Played in 18 regular season games, starting 15 … Notched three goals on the year … 2004: Used in a variety of positions in Greg Andrulis’ shifting formations, he started 21 games for the Crew … Made his second straight appearance as an MLS All-Star and the third of his career … 2003: Signed to the Crew on March 7, 2003, he appeared in 23 games for Columbus, all as a starter … Recorded four assists, including the game-winning feed to Jeff Cunningham against the MetroStars on April 12 … Earned his second election to an MLS All-Star team … 2002-03: Made seven appearances for St. Gallen in the first half of the season, debuting against the Grasshoppers on Sept. 11, 2002 … Began his fourth season with Bayer Leverkusen, but did not make a first-team appearance prior to his transfer to Switzerland … 2001-02: Did not appear in any matches for Bayer Leverkusen during his third season in Germany, but was twice listed on the substitute’s sheet during the team’s journey through the UEFA Champions League … Broke his shoulder blade over the summer, sidelining him for nearly two months … 2000-01: Made just four appearances for Bayer Leverkusen, including three in league action and one on Nov. 7 at Sporting Lisbon in Champions League play … 1999-2000: Appeared in five of six Champions League games for Bayer Leverkusen, including three starts … Twice earned “Man of the Match” honors in UEFA Champions League play (Sept. 15 vs. Lazio and Nov. 2 vs. Maribor) … 1998-99: Did not appear in any Bundesliga games for Bayer Leverkusen in the first half of the 1998-99 season, but starred for the team’s developmental third division club and worked his way onto the team’s active roster by January 1999 … Started in 10 of the last 11 games for Bayer Leverkusen, and was named Man of the Match three times … Scored his first goal in a 2-0 win against Vfl Bochum on May 9, 1999 … Helped the team to a strong second place finish and a berth in the 2000 UEFA Champions League … 1998: Appeared in 18 games for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, scoring three goals and an assist, while missing time for World Cup duty … 1997: Had one goal and six assists in 23 appearances for the Mutiny, emerging as one of the league’s up-and-coming stars … 1996: Tallied a goal and two assists in nine games with the Mutiny in 1996, helping the team to the Eastern Conference Finals and the league’s best regular season record … Missed a lot of time while playing with the U.S. Olympic Team … Drafted in the seventh round (67th overall pick) of the 1996 MLS draft by Tampa Bay.

Enjoys surfing, playing golf and drinking coffee … Bob Marley is one of his idols … His favorite soccer team is Boca Juniors and his favorite player is Claudio Caniggia … Favorite non-soccer team is the San Diego Chargers … Has two sons: Frankie Nesta – was born Feb. 25, 1998, the same day his U.S. teammates played Belgium in Brussels – and Coasten Daniel … Married to wife Elissa on New Year’s Eve 2006.

Was named NSCAA second team All-American and first-team All-Far West in 1994 at UCLA … Was the only defender named to the MPSF All-Federation First Team … Tied for second on the team in 1994 with six goals, four of them coming on penalty kicks.

High School / Club: Was a two-year letterman at San Dieguito High School, where he earned 1989 NSCAA and U.S. AYSO Boys U-16 All-America honors for soccer … Was a member of San Dieguito’s state and national championship surfing team and was a 1988 National Junior High School Surfing Champion … Qualified for the 1989 U.S. Amateur Surfing Team by finishing 10th overall … His youth team, the La Jolla Nomads, beat the Peruvian National Team in the 1989 Dallas Cup … Also part of the Nomads 1989, 1990 and 1991 state champions.