COLERAINE, Northern Ireland (July 27, 2009) -- Two early goals from Denmark were enough to give the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team a loss in the opening game of the Elite Division of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
After allowing two goals in the first half against the run of the play, Will Bates got one back for Mike Matkovich's squad in the 70th minute, but, despite constant pressure late in the game, the U.S. was unable to find the equalizer. The U.S. team, which is made up of players born in 1991, battled well against the Danish team that was made up mostly of players born in 1990 despite a physical advantage.
“This was a good experience to play an older team at the international level," said Matkovich. "I was pleased with the performance overall, but disappointed as we had more chances than our opponent.”
Bates' goal came as the result of a well played ball into the box from Jose Altamirano, who served an excellent cross from the left flank. Bates turned a header on frame from 16 yards out and hit the post, but followed up his effort and hit the rebound into the net.
The team will face Germany on July 29 and play in a placement match on July 31 as part of the prestigious tournament in Northern Ireland.
Match: United States U-18 Men’s National Team vs. U-20 Denmark
Date: July 27, 2009
Competition: Northern Ireland Milk Cup
Venue: Showgrounds, Coleraine
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. GMT (3:00 p.m. ET)
Weather: 62 degrees, cloudy skies with scattered showers
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
DEN 2 0 2
DEN– Anders Christiansen 5th minute
DEN– Christian Gytkjaer 29
USA – Will Bates 52
USA: 24-Zachary MacMath; 8-Kofi Sarkodie, 4-Chad Barson (23-Harrison Petts, 85), 15-Zarek Valentin, 2-Paolo Del Piccolo (10-Hasani Sinclair, 65); 5-Scott Prozeller, 16-Nicholas Millington (14-Miles Byass, 39), 5-Amobi Okugo, 7-Greg Garza, 13-Jose Altamirano; 9-Will Bates (19-Ryan Finley, 80)
Subs not used: 1-Justin Luthy, 11-Dion Acoff, 20-Jossimar Sanchez
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich
DEN: 1-Nicklas Wier Højlund, 4-Jacob Albrechtsen, 5-Jesper Bøge Pedersen (3-Alexander Jackson Møller, 87), 6-Anders Christiansen (14-Mikkel Rygaard Jense, 56), 8-Saban Øzdogan; 9-Oliver Feldballe Petersen, 10-Christian Gytkjaer (17-Zakaria Hassan, 77), 11-Simon Christoffersen, 12-Jonas Jacobsen; 15-Michael Sten Jensen, 18-Thomas Asmussen
Subs not used: 2-Jonas S. Thorsen, 7-Mikkel Christensen, 13-Semere Haile, 16-Jens Rinke Kristensen
Head Coach: Keld Bordinggaard
Stats Summary: USA / Denmark
Shots: 21 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 6
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 17
Offside: 0 / 0
USA – Miles Byass (caution) 40th minute
Denmark – Oliver Feldballe Petersen (caution) 60
USA – Hasani Sinclair (caution) 70