The USA dropped a 2-1 decision to Denmark in its opening game of the U-18 Elite division at the 2009 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. A goal by Virginia-bound Will
was all the Americans could muster after conceding two goals to the Danes in the first half hour of the game.
"This was a good experience to play an older team at the
international level," said Coach Mike 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.
The team tie Germany on Wednesday and will play Israel in a placement match on Friday. July 27 in Coleraine USA 1 Denmark 2.
Goals: Bates 52; Christiansen 5, Gytkjaer 29. USA --
MacMath, Sarkodie, Barson (Petts, 85), Valentin,
Del Piccolo (Sinclair, 65), Prozeller, Millington (Byass, 39), Okugo, Garza, Altamirano, Bates (Finley, 80).