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The U.S. men's national team showed good attacking qualities and introduced a new talent to the squad on Saturday night, but defensive frailties caused the team to blow leads twice in a 2-2 tie against Poland on Saturday night.
Jozy Altidore scored the opening goal, but missed on a plethora of other chances, including one hard shot off the crossbar. Oguchi Onyewu scored a go-ahead goal on a header in the second half, but a Poland equalizer spoiled the result for Bob Bradley's squad.
There were bright spots to be sure. From Stuart Holden, who was confident and effective in attack, to Jermaine Jones, who provided sharp passes and bite in central midfield, the U.S. midfield did well to create chances, many of which Altidore squandered.
Not all was positive for the Americans.
Defensively, there were issues for a somewhat surprising back-line. Maurice Edu clearly looked like a player playing an unfamiliar position, while Oguchi Onyewu battled the rust associated with not playing at AC Milan.
The U.S. team returns to action on Tuesday, when the Americans face Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
One player who won't be facing Colombia is left back Carlos Bocanegra, who will return to French club St. Etienne as part of an arrangement with the national team. FC Dallas defender Heath Pearce will be joining the U.S. team in Pennsylvania, as will teammate Brek Shea.
What did you think of Saturday night's match? Impressed with the U.S. offense? Worried about the state of the defense? Can't wait to see the full U.S. squad play together?
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