The USA returned to form with a crushing 6-1 win over an overrun Poland side as their second Group D outing in Montreal turned into a goal-fest. With hat-trick hero Freddy Adu particularly inspired, Thomas Rongen's players cut the Polish defence to ribbons, just days after the same rearguard had kept the Brazilians at bay.
That performance meant the European side began the encounter on a high and as slight favourites against an American team yet to find their feet in the tournament. Those pre-match predictions looked to be right on the money too, when with just five minutes gone Poland's Dawid Janczyk opened the scoring after collecting an expert pass from Patryk Malecki. The USA drew level soon after though, thanks to Danny Szetela's header. Freddy Adu put the Americans ahead on 20 minutes with a quite brilliant shot, curled just inside the far post. The same man then put the USA two goals clear three minutes into added time at the end of the half, profiting from a great run and cross by Sal Zizzo, one of the game's brightest performers.
After the restart, Szetela put the match beyond the Poles, before Josmer Altidore and Adu completed the rout. Their fantastic opening result now cancelled out, Poland need a positive result against Korea Republic, while the Americans appear to be in good shape as they prepare for their final group-stage fixture against Brazil.