Electric. And missed opportunities. Those are the words that immediately came to mind after the international friendly pitting Poland against Team USA at Soldier Field Saturday night. The match end in a 2-2 draw between the teams.
Electric in the sense that the 31,696 soccer faithful in attendance were some of the loudest, boisterus fans that I've heard in the US in recent memory. A equally mixed base of Polska and USA fans filled the crowd with thunderous chants for most of the match, particularly in the first half, when the teams would exchange goals over a 15 minute period. First, Jozy Altidore for the US at the 13th minute-mark, with an assist from Jermaine Jones. Then, Adam Matuszczyk would score the at 29 for Poland to take back the lead, and excite the crowd.
But ultimately, it's about the play on the field, and USA spoiled many a chance to turn this draw into a win, including a shot that sailed just wide as time expired. Failure to capitalize on a sizeable shot advantage, coupled with a loose defense for much of the game, would simply prove too much.
"Both goals tonight were situations where we didn't do a good job of clearing balls out of our defensive third, and eventually the penalty area," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley.
Team USA will regroup for an upcoming match against Colombia on Tuesday. Poland, now scoreless in seven consecutive matches, heads to Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to face Ecuador.