A day before Saturday's match, Denmark coach Morten Olsen referred to Tucson's cloudy, rainy weather as a "Danish summer."
After managing three goals in the first half of a 4-0 victory over Canada at Kino Stadium on Saturday, the Danes might want to make the Old Pueblo their "Danish summer" home.
Andreas Cornelius scored three goals and set up the fourth as 3,042 watched the first international match ever played in Tucson.
Two hours after a deluge of rain, and just after the sun crept out for the first time as the players paraded onto the field, the Danes needed little time to appease their boisterous contingent near the corner flag in the southeast corner of the stands.
Denmark opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Dennis Rommedahl, who had already caused a great deal of trouble for the Canadians in the opening minutes, floated in a ball that Cornelius headed down. The ball bounced past goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld and into the net.
Within the next couple of minutes, the Danes doubled their total when Cornelius turned the provider on a silky one-two with Kasper Lorentzen, who was unmarked and had only the keeper to beat from close range. That he did, slotting the ball easily into the net.
In the first 10 minutes of just his third international, Cornelius already had a goal and an assist.
"It was all right," said Rommedahl with a smile when asked about Cornelius' performance. "He scored, in my opinion, two goals. He's claiming three. I'll give him three. It was good. It's the job of the striker to score goals … and he did that today."
Although Canada gained a little bit more possession over the next 15 minutes, the solid chances belonged mainly to Denmark.
In the 35th minute, the Danes got on the board again. Lorentzen's corner perfectly met the head of Jores Okore. The ball flicked off Okore's head and then struck the crossbar before quickly ricocheting to Cornelius who side-volleyed it back into the goal.
His second goal against the Canadians showed a trait Cornelius seems to have picked up - being in the right place at the right time. Eight months ago, he was on one of the country's youth teams, now he's got a hat trick for the national team.
"I saw him in our under-19 team in May. and I never thought in two or three months he could come into the A team," Olsen said. "You know football is all about confidence. … With his confidence and his enthusiasm, he made a lot of goals."
"He's a physically good box player. Of course, he's only 19 and he has a lot to learn technically, tactically. But he's already now a good player in the squad."
It was more of the same in the second half for Cornelius and Denmark.
In the 66th minute, they wrapped up the day's scoring with Cornelius completing his hat trick on a pass from Mikkel Kirkeskov.
A four-goal effort on a day that looked less than promising when dawn broke had to please the Danes.
"It was a good day," Rommedahl said. "It wasn't easy. The first half was better for us because Canada played more open. We used the space at certain times pretty good. It was difficult for us to play the fast football we want to play."
Considering the weather, it was a good day for the match organizers as well.
"We're ecstatic," FC Tucson's Rick Schantz said. "We got really lucky - two hours before kickoff, the operations staff was praying to the heavens to stop raining. As we all know in soccer, the game must go on. So we were prepared either way.
"The crowd was unbelievable. A few days before the game, I think we were about 1,400 or 1,500 sold. So we had a pretty good walk-up crowd. It definitely something that definitely speaks volumes about our community."
Who knows, maybe one day Tucson can be the "Danish summer" home in the winter.
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