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  • U.S. victory over Poland is welcome, but not particularly satisfying.

    U.S. men

    Twellman's hustle sets up Dempsey's opportunistic header to beat Poland 1-0.

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Wednesday, March 1, 2006) -- Midfielder Clint Dempsey was in the right place at the right time. As a deflection of Eddie Lewis's free kick came bouncing his way, Dempsey put it away with a diving header from point-blank range shortly after intermission to send the United States men to their fourth straight victory, a 1-0 decision over Poland in a friendly before 13,395 at Fritz-Walter-Stadion tonight.

    With American service members from the nearby Ramstein Air Base comprising much of those in attendance, the game started with a light snow and a temperature of 28 degrees. Conditions only worsened from there, with the snow so heavy in the final 20 minutes or so that it was difficult to see the players. German referee Thorston Kinhofer replaced the white game ball with a yellow, "high-resolution" ball in the 80th minute.

    Playing at the same stadium where it will face Italy June 17 in the second of its three World Cup Group E matches, the Americans ran their record for 2006 to 4-0-1.

    "I was pleased with the win for our team," said U.S. manager Bruce Arena, whose record against European opponents on their soil increased to 2-7-1. "It was not an easy game for either team. The field conditions were very difficult. I thought our team was a little unsteady in the first 30 minutes. but in the last 15 minutes of the first half we settled in."

    The game turned on an error by Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who had just entered to play the second half, and Dempsey's timely far-post run. Striker Eddie Johnson received a throw-in from the right, carried left before sending a ball to Lewis on the left side. Lewis surveyed the situation before lifting a cross to within eight yards of the center of the goal.

    Boruc probably should have been able to catch the ball or, at worst knock it away safely, Meanwhile, Twellman was battling with defenders Mariusz Jop and Jacek Bak in an effort to head the ball on goal from just ahead of the penalty spot.

    Boruc lunged forward and used his left fist to punch the ball away, but it hit Twellman in the right side of his head and caromed toward the right post. Dempsey had a step on Poland defender Michal Zewlakow and dove forward to head two yards into the top of the net while Boruc helplessly retreated.

    Twellman jumped into the arms of Dempsey, his teammate with Major League Soccer's New England revolution, while the pair and several other U.S. players saluted the American service personnel in the stands.

    "It was one of those games where someone had to take an opportunity and we were the team today," arena said. "We did well to hold on to the lead. A number of our young players really gained from this game tonight. It was an important experience for our young guys and hopefully we can continue to build as we move forward towards the World Cup."

    Dempsey's fourth international strike was his first game-winner for the U.S. men. Twellman now has four goals and three assists in his last three U.S. appearances.

    Not much happened during the first half with neither team establishing any consistent rhythm. Poland registered four shots compared to just one for the U.S., but that lone attempt from defender Steve Cherundolo's nearly gave the Americans the lead.

    After Bak sent Dempsey sprawling with a hip check about 30 yards from the center of the goal, Cherundolo curled the free kick over the defensive wall and appeared to have keeper Jerzy Dudek beaten, but the shot veered inches wide of the left post.

    Kasey Keller was lightly tested in goal before giving way to Tim Howard who started the second half. After a relatively easy save on forward Tomasz Frankowski's header off a free kick in the 19th minute, Keller aggressiveness squelched a couple of Poland chances eight minutes later.

    Jacek Krzynowek dropped in a nice lead ball at the top of the penalty area for his midfield partner Euzebiuz Smolarek, but Keller came off his line to clear the ball away before the attacker could get to it. Soon after, Zewlakow ripped a low drive toward the lower left corner, but Keller dropped to his right to make the save.

    Poland had a good chance to pull even in the 66th minute, when Kryzynowek eluded the wall with a free kick, but Howard was there for the save.

    Howard caused U.S. supporters some anxiety in the 85th minute when he came out of his box to the top of the penalty arc. While the slippery footing could have caused disaster, Howard calmly booted the ball safely away as opponents approached.

    "I think the goal was a big relief for us," Cherundolo said. "I think we played a little nervous in the first half. The field conditions were very bad. Believe it or not, with the snow, it played a little better. It wasn't as bumpy and it went a little slower so it went to our advantage. We kept the ball on the floor and, like I said, with the score, it gave us a lot of confidence and we took the game home from there."

    There were only five shots on frame in the game with Poland taking three. In overall shots, Poland led 6-4.

    The U.S. has two more matches before Arena selects his 23-man World Cup roster. The U.S. again travel for a match against Germany March 22 in Dortmund, then faced Jamaica April 11 at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

    Prior to the Jamaica game, the U.S. will use Cary as its base for training. Starting May 9, the Americans will spend their final two weeks of preparations there before departing for Germany and ten World Cup, which runs from June 9-July 9.

    In the World Cup Group E, The U.S. faces the Czech Republic June 12, Italy June 17 and Ghana June 22. The Americans will reside and train in Hamburg.

    Notes: In four consecutive victories, the U.S, has outscored the opposition 13-2 and recorded three shutouts.

  • The U.S. wore new white Nike uniforms for the first time, opting for the long sleeves in the sub-freezing conditions

  • The U.S. also wore black armbands in memory of Aidan O'Malley, son of the U.S. Soccer Federation sports medicine manager Hughie O'Malley. Aidan passed away last week at age 8 after a five-year battle with leukemia.
    United States 1, Poland 0

    Lineups: United States - Kasey Keller - captain (Tim Howard 46), Eddie Lewis, Gregg Berhalter (Carlos Bocanegra 46), Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley (Bobby Convey 71), Kerry Zavagnin (Pablo Mastroeni 55), Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey (Chris Klein 89), Taylor Twellman, Eddie Johnson (Josh Wolff 79). Poland - Jerzy Dudek (Artur Boruc 46), Mariusz Jop (20-Tomasz Klos 83), Marcin Baszczynski, Jacek Bak (captain), Michal Zewlakow (Tomasz Rzasa 72), Arkadiusz Radomski (Radoslaw Sobolewski 80), Euzebiuz Smolarek, Jacek Krzynowek, Miroslaw Szymkowiak, Grzegorz Rasiak (Kamil Kosowski 61), Tomasz Frankowski (Andrzej Niedzielan 61).

    United States - Dempsey (Twellman) 48.

    Shots: United States 4, Poland 6. Saves: United States 3, Poland 1. Corner kicks: United States 3, Poland 2. Fouls: United States 15, Poland 21. Offside: United States 3, Poland 4. Yellow card cautions: United States - Bocanegra 58; Poland - Jop 79.

    Referee: Thorston Kinhofer (Germany). Assistant referees: Mark Seemann (Germany), Rainer Werthmann (Germany). Fourth official: Jochen Drees (Germany). Attendance: 13,395 at Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Weather: Cold, snow, 30 degrees.

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