USA player ratings v Denmark: Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore the standouts

Jozy Altidore

A Nicklas Bendtner hat-trick saw Jurgen Klinsmann's US side fall 3-2 to Denmark in Aarhus after giving up the lead twice on the night.

Nick Rimando 6/10 – Made a good save from Christian Eriksen in the opening stages of the second-half but otherwise had little to do, apart from pick the ball out of the net on three occasions.

Timothy Chandler 4.5/10 – Chandler seems to earn rave reviews for Eintracht Frankfurt but he’s still to covert that form to the international stage. While he set up Altidore’s opener with a hopeful cross, the German-American was often caught out of positon and has to be held responsible for giving up Bendtner’s first two goals.

Michael Orozco 6/10 – The USA’s best defender on the night. He had few moments of note on the night but, with the other members of the backline making gaffs all over the place, that should be viewed as a positive.

John Brooks 4/10 – Strong in the air, as expected with his 6ft 4in frame, but Bendtner gave him all kinds of problems on the night. Like Chandler, should have done better on the much-maligned striker’s first two goals and also let him escape off his back shoulder for the third. An outing he’ll want to forget.

Greg Garza 5/10 – Saw Lasse Vibe tear him apart down the flank through the first-half and, while he improved after the break, it was far from the kind of performance that’s going to convince Klinsmann of his starting credentials.

Gyasi Zardes 5/10 – Struggled to get into the game in his third US appearance. A central role up top remains his best position and, on this occasion, it more than showed.

Alejandro Bedoya 5/10 – Not up to scratch compared to his past performances when starting out wide. Couldn’t get on the ball and was replaced at the break as a result.

Michael Bradley 7.5/10 – Captain from the start for the first time in his national team career, the Toronto FC skipper rose to the occasion to deliver an influence performance from the midfield. While he couldn’t inspire his side to a positive result, an exquisite ball into the box in the build up to the USA’s second underlined his importance.

Fabian Johnson 5/10 – Much like Zardes, the versatile Johnson did little before going off at the half for Brek Shea.

Aron Johannsson 6/10 – Failed to provide Altidore with the support he needed up top but it wasn’t all bad, as he did mark his appearance with a goal, tapping in the USA’s second with his last touch before going off to make it 2-1.

Jozy Altidore 7/10 – Smashed in the opener in the 19th-minute after muscling off two defenders, before finding Johannsson with a pass across the goal for the second. A powerful performance, in which he received little attacking support.

SUBSTITUTES

Brek Shea (Johnson 46) 6/10 – An upgrade over Johnson on the left flank. Looks much-improved after getting some regular minutes in MLS, albeit at full-back.

Alfredo Morales (Bedoya 46) 6/10 – A bit wasteful in possession but put in a solid defensive shift to stamp out a few Denmark attacks. Still, it’s hard to see this performance pushing him further into Klinsmann’s long-term plans.

Rubio Rubin (Johannsson 67) 6/10 – Could see he was working hard up front but starved of opportunities to make an impression.

DeAndre Yedlin (Zardes 67) 5/10 – Given a midfield cameo but the Tottenham Hotspur prospect did nothing of note with it.

Ventura Alvarado (Orozco 80) N/A – A 10-minute debut for the Mexican-American.

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