International friendlies are always difficult to watch and they are a breeding ground of weird formations and player personnel combinations. The USMNT match vs Denmark was no different and it showed in some poor defense by the USA but also some timely goals but ultimately the boys in the Red, White and Blue dropped a 3-2 decision to Denmark.
Here are my thoughts on this match:
Jozy Altidore: Altidore looks like a new man after his move from Sunderland to Toronto FC during this past transfer window. His goal in the first half was a beauty and was something that he was able to use his size and physicality to grab. On the second goal his pass was critical for Aron Johannsson to grab the go ahead. Altidore looks to have his confidence back after a long dry spell, and a confident Jozy is something we will need going into the Gold Cup this summer if we want to win.
The Defense: Was absolute crap tonight. They looked lost at times and were completely bossed around the pitch for large portions of the night. I understand that many of these guys have not played together before today, and certainly that has an impact, but..........defense is a basic. I appreciate that Jurgen Klinsmann wants to try different people in the hopes of getting a solid back four, but the defense just looks poor.
MLS'ers Impressing: Klinsmann has said on more than one occasion that he wants his players to play at the highest level in Europe, but what is the point if the player is not getting time. I said this earlier today, but is it better for DeAndre Yedlin to play 90 minutes a week for Seattle Sounders or ride the pine for Tottenham Hotspur? Altidore, Michael Bradley, Nick Rimando and Brek Shea all looked good tonight in Aarhus. Major League Soccer may not be for everyone, but it is clear to me that it is working for these guys--regardless what Klinsmann says or does not say.
The USMNT next plays Switzerland on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:00AM MDT and will be televised on Fox Sports1.