[USA-TURKEY] Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored in the second half to give the USA a 2-1 win Saturday in its friendly against Turkey in Philadelphia. Here's what we liked and didn't like along with video highlights ...
We liked ...
-- Halftime subs Robbie Findley and Jose Francisco Torres, who played very well. Findley had his best game for the USA and helped set up the first goal. Torres was excellent in midfield.
-- The finishing
of Dempsey, who took a half-chance and scored the winning goal. It's same kind of efficiency Dempsey showed last summer at the Confederations Cup.
-- How the game gave the USA a chance to deal with two situations -- it came from behind to take the lead and held it.
We didn't like ...
-- The lack of spark the USA showed in the first half when it failed to take the game to the Turks. Surprising, given the pro-U.S. crowd of more than 55,000 encouraging the Americans on.
-- Its continued propensity to give away easy goals and its failure to shut the Turks down after it took the lead. Poor defending contributed to all five goals in the send-off series.
-- How after both sat out Tuesday's game against the Czech Republic, Ricardo Clark and Benny Feilhaber lacked bite in midfield. They both came off at the half.
0-1: The USA fell behind in the first half when Arda Turan scored on a counterattack. With right back Jonathan Spector having moved into the U.S. attack, Arda had acres of room to race into the penalty and beat Spector and Jay DeMerit before slotting the ball past Tim Howard.
1-1: Altidore equalized for the USA in the 58th minute when he scored into an open net after Findley had sprung Landon Donovan down the right side and the Galaxy star fed Altidore in the middle.
2-1:Off a throw-in, Donovan fed Dempsey on the left side, and the Fulham striker beat two Turkish defenders before slotting the ball home.
May 29 in Philadelphia
USA 1 Turkey 1. Goals: Altidore 58, Dempsey 75; Arda 27.
USA -- Howard, Spector (Cherundolo, 46), DeMerit, Goodson (Onyewu, 46), Bocanegra (Bornstein, 75), Donovan, Bradley, Clark (Torres, 46), Feilhaber (Findley, 46), Dempsey, Altidore (Holden, 81).
Turkey -- Volkan, Sabri, Servet, Caglar, Gokhan, Hamit (Semih, 73), Belozoglu, Arda (Ozan, 90), Selcuk (Mehmet, 53), Tuncay (Nihat, 77), Kazim-Richards (Sercan, 60).