Saint Paul (dpa / lnw) - The result was secondary in the end, the 3: 4 in the friendly at Minnesota United in the USA was a very special experience for the second division soccer team SC Paderborn. "I think we'll tell our grandchildren about it," said coach Lukas Kwasniok.
According to the club, "the German national anthem played for the first time in the club's history" before the game in front of 18,600 spectators at the almost sold-out Allianz Field in Saint Paul. That's not the only reason why Kwasniok enthused: "A fantastic event, a fantastic event. Great opponent, great backdrop, that was an absolute highlight. Nice to have experienced something like that. We gained great insights in terms of content, but above all we enjoyed the evening." Sirlord Conteh, Marco Schuster and Jonas Carls scored the goals against the club from the US professional league MLS.
On Thursday, the East Westphalians set off on a twelve-day tour of the United States and will also visit the states of Wisconsin and Illinois after Minnesota. In addition to another test on Wednesday evening against Forward Madison, the program includes a visit to a German school, a basketball game or the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
With this training camp, they want to "lay the foundations for a successful season," explained managing director Fabian Wohlgemuth: "The trip is also a wonderful opportunity to present German football in the USA."