[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT]The U.S. under-17 national team lost its opening game at the Open Nordic Cup, dropping a 2-0 decision to host Denmark in Kolding.
Mark Brink Christensen and Marco Harboe Ramkilde scored in the first half for the Danes.
The U.S. U-17s consist mostly of players on the second team. Four players -- goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice -- will join the first team at the Copa Mexico de Naciones, which kicks off Saturday in Mexico City. They all started Monday against Denmark.
Next up for the USA: Norway on Tuesday. Norway beat the Faroe Islands, 3-1, on Monday.
July 28 in Kolding
Denmark 2 USA 0.Goals: Brink Christensen 4, Harboe Ramkilde 28.
USA --W.Pulisic, Panchot, Lara, DePoint, Palazzolo, Gonzalez (Adams 54), Kelly (McKennie 67), Gurrieri (Braima 54), Gaines, Koreniuk (Matzelevich 54), Rice.