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Denmark Ends US Women's Soccer Streak


Denmark has defeated the United States women's soccer team 3-1 in a friendly match in Philadelphia, to snap the national squad's 21-game unbeaten streak. VOA's Steve Schy has the story.

Playing in the penultimate match of the U.S. team's "Fan Celebration Tour" Saturday, Marete Pedersen scored two goals to lead the Danes to the win. Pederson opened the scoring in the 13th minute, before Abby Wambach evened the score for the United States at 1-1 in the 48th minute.

Denmark came right back to take the lead as Johanna Rasmussen scored in the 52nd minute. Pederson clinched the victory for Denmark with her second goal of the match 10-minutes later.

The U.S. women's national team will play the final match of its Fan Celebration Tour December 8th in Carson, California. It will also mark the end of the illustrious careers of international soccer's all-time leading scorer Mia Hamm, captain, midfileder Julie Foudy and defender Joy Fawcett, three of the team's long-time stalwarts.

During Hamm's 13 years with the U.S. women's team, they were arguably the best in the world, with Olympic gold medals and World Cup championships to support the claim. Following the game, Mia said she appreciates the opportunity to play for her country, but after all the accomplishments she says the thing she will cherish most is the friendships.

The 32-year-old Hamm said she had learned much from her teammates on and off the field. But in her words, "The fact that we have become such great friends has been worth all those tough days where you are running and do not think you can make it. That is what I will miss most."