The USA scored two goals against the run of play and led 2-1 for 17 minutes in the second half, but lost 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus on Wednesday.
Nicklas Bendtner scored the final two goals of his hat trick in the 83rd minute and in stoppage time. Goals by Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson earned the USA fleeting leads against a Danish team that controlled most of the game.
USA Player Ratings
5 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 19/0.
Saved the easy ones.
4 Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 18/0
Served the long, high cross-field ball that set up Jozy Altidore goal. Went missing on Denmark's first goal.
4 Michael Orozco (Puebla/MEX) 14/3
Among the many befuddled on the Danes’ first goal, central defender was part of a backline that needed Michael Bradley to come back and help them bring the ball forward.
4 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 9/1
Burned by Nicklas Bendtner on the stoppage-time game-winning goal. Seconds later missed a close-range header on the other end.
4 Greg Garza (Club Tijuana/MEX) 6/0
Like the entire backline, struggled to take Danes out of their rhythm and unable to spur counterattacks.
4 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 3/0
Wide midfielder looked uncomfortable with the ball and provided no wing play.
Bradley (Toronto FC) 94/13
Curled a perfect left-footed pass through Danish defense for Altidore to set up Aron Johannsson’s goal. Failed to marshal his midfield troops.
4 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 38/2
Partnered in central midfield with Bradley for first 45 minutes without delivering the ball to the frontline.
Johnson (Borussia M’gladbach/GER) 30/1
Pulled after 45 fruitless minutes wide left in midfield.
7 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 79/27
Beat two Dane defenders to crush ball home from the edge of the goal area to give USA a 1-0 lead. Nicely served up Johannsson’s goal.
5 Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/NED) 10/3
Invisible in the first half but poked home the USA’s 2-1 goal.
3 Brek Shea (Orlando City) 30/3
Replaced Johnson wide left in midfield at halftime. Hit one cross.
3 Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/GER) 7/0
Fourth German product to take the field on Wednesday failed again to reveal what Jurgen Klinsmann sees in him.
3 DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham/ENG) 13/0.
Struggled for 23 minutes after replacing Zardes.
3 Rubio Rubin
Made no impact after subbing for Johannsson in 67th minute
3 Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX) 1/0
Getting thrown into central defense for the final 10 minutes is a tough way to debut and Alvarado made the worst of it -- beaten on header before tying goal, crude yellow-card foul led to threatening free kick.
March 25 in Aarhus
Denmark 3 USA 2. Goals: Bendtner 33. 83, 90+1; Altidore 19, Johannsson 66.
Denmark -- Andersen; Wass, Kjar, Sviatchenko, Bollesen (Busk Poulsen, 53); Kvist (Christiansen, 46), J.Poulsen (Delaney, 46), Vibe, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli (Schoene, 78), Bendtner.
USA -- Rimando; Chandler, Orozco (Alvarado, 80), Brooks, Garza; Zardes (Yedlin, 67) Bedoya (Morales, 46), Bradley, F.Johnson (Shea, 46); Altidore, Johannsson (Rubin, 67).
Yellow Cards: Denmark -- Kvist 25; USA -- Altidore 78, Alvarado 89.
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland).