Several USA internationals settled back into their duties after an unsuccessful midweek excursion to Cyprus. Other fringe players took that poor outing as a chance to state their own claims in domestic play.
Just three days after the United States women’s national team lost its first game in a two-year, 43-game span, the USA dropped a second in a row on Monday in a 5-3 loss to Denmark. It was the first losing streak of any kind in 13 years by the American women, who last lost consecutive games in 2001 to Sweden and Norway.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando produced yet another stellar display to give Real Salt Lake all three points at LA Galaxy. His success offered a modest dose of familiarity on a weekend where new approaches and players shined.