Monday, November 16, 2009

ATH: US v Slovakia

From the US National Team Players Association

USA 0 - Slovakia 1

The United States had a hard time getting their attack in sync on Saturday in Slovakia, losing 1-0. Though the US dominated possession, they couldn't turn that into goals. Slovakia took full advantage of their best chance of the game, a 26th-minute penalty when Vladimir Weiss was taken down in the box. Marek Hamsik converted for the only goal of the game.

“This match was on opportunity to see some different players,” US coach Bob Bradley said. “I think the area tonight that let us down was the sharpness and execution in the attacking part of the field.”

FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty won his first cap at full international level, coming on for Carlos Bocanegra in the 72nd-minute. Major League Soccer Golden Boot winner Jeff Cunningham got his first appearance since 2005, subbing in for Jozy Altidore in the 82nd-minute.

"It was incredible,” McCarty said on his first game at senior level. “Obviously it wasn't the result myself or the team was looking for. Slovakia is a good team. They're tough to play against and they keep it pretty compact defensively. For a midfielder like myself, it was a good game to go into because they were dropping back and giving us space to play. Unfortunately, when we got to the final third today, we had trouble creating good quality chances. At the end of the day, it was a really good experience and I'm glad to get it out of the way."

The United States returns to action on Wednesday against Denmark in Aarhus at 2:30pm ET. That game starts on ESPN Classic and then switches to ESPN2.


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