August 18, 2010
WINDY CITY DATE
U.S. to face Poland at Soldier Field
CHICAGO– The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Poland on Oct. 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago (8pm ET). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and the Univision networks.
"These fixture dates are a fantastic opportunity to have the group together for an extended period and then put the work to the test with a difficult match,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We know this is an important opportunity for Poland as they prepare for the 2012 European Championship, so we expect a challenging game. Chicago has a fantastic tradition of supporting soccer and the U.S. national team, and with the large Polish community in the area it should make for an exciting atmosphere.”
Against Poland, the United States has an all-time record of 7-7-2 in a series dating back to 1924. The teams have met seven times previously on U.S. soil, Poland holding a 4-2-1 advantage. Their most recent encounter in the United States came July 11, 2004, when Carlos Bocanegra equalized in the 88th minute to lift the U.S. to a 1-1 draw in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Soldier Field. The teams last met on March 26, 2008 in Krakow, where goals from Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu and Eddie Lewis paced the U.S. to a comprehensive 3-0 victory.
Poland will co-host the 2012 European Championship along with Ukraine. Having qualified for the FIFA World Cup seven times, the Poles twice finished in third place in that tournament, in 1974 and 1982.
After an 11-year absence from Chicago, the U.S. will now be playing its sixth match at Soldier Field since 2004. Having hosted the semifinal and the sold-out final of the 2007 Gold Cup in which 60,000 fans saw the United States defeat Mexico 2-1 to secure its second-consecutive Gold Cup title, nearly 48,000 fans saw the U.S. suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of England in 2005. The U.S. has a 3-3-2 record in Chicago since 1992, which includes a win against No. 8-ranked Portugal and a draw with four-time World Cup Champion Italy.