[USA-POLAND] Twice the USA went ahead but twice poor defending allowed Poland back in the game, and the teams settled for a 2-2 tie in their friendly before a
pro-Polish crowd of 31,696 at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Oguchi Onyewu scored on a header off a corner kick by Stuart Holden to give the USA a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute, but Jakub Blaszczykowski equalized with a bullet inside the far post after Jermaine Jones coughed up the ball on the edge of the area.
The Americans had a chance to win the game in stoppage time but Onyewu's header was deflected by Polish defender Lukasz Mierzejewski off goalie Artur Boruc's chest and Andrzej Niedzielan cleared the ball tantalizingly close to crossing the line.
The Americans' failure to control possession against a young Polish team was a major disappointment.
Jozy Altidore had scored to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, but the Poles then took control of the game and got a deserved equalizer to make the score 1-1 at the break.
Jones, making his debut for the USA in midfield alongside fellow Bundesliga player Michael Bradley, fed Altidore with a ball over the Polish defense for the opening goal in the 13th minute.
French product Lubovic Obraniak fed Adam Matuszcyk for the equalizer. The play began when Bradley gave up the ball in the U.S. territory -- another turnover by the U.S. central midfield -- and Holden (with an errant kick) and then Onyewu (a weak header right to Obraniak) failed to the clear a ball into the area following one of many Polish raids down the right side.
Altidore had two great chances at the end of the first half but skimmed his first shot off the crossbar and missed badly with an open header.
The USA finished with a 16-8 edge in shots, but the Poles had the advantage (7-5) on shots on goal.
Oct. 9 in Chicago
USA 2 Poland 2. Goals: Altidore 13, Onyewu 52; Matuszcyk 30, Blaszczykowski 73.
USA -- Howard, Cherundolo, Onyewu, Edu, Bocanegra, Jones, Bradley, Holden, Dempsey, Feilhaber (Bedoya, 63), Altidore.
Poland -- Boruc, L.Mierzejewski, Zewlakow, Pietrasiak, Piszczek, Obraniak, Matuszczyk, Murawski, A.Mierzejewski (Niedzielan, 71), Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski.
Referee: Steven DePiero (Canada).