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Good-bye to the Farm, hello Times Square
by Paul Kennedy, May 28th, 2014 8:04PM
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TAGS:  men's national team, turkey, world cup 2014


[USA MEN] Leg 1 of the USA's World Cup preparations ends Thursday morning when Coach Jurgen Klinsmann holds the national team's last training session at Stanford University. After 16 days on the Farm, the national team is off to New York, where a Times Square pep rally will be held on Friday in advance of Sunday's match against Turkey across the Hudson River at Red Bull Arena (live at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision).

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The USA will train Friday and Saturday morning -- the Saturday session at 11 a.m. will be open to the public -- at Red Bull Arena before the match against Turkey.

Much of Friday will be spent on Fan Appreciation Day activities. They will begin in the morning with an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America with rapper 50 Cent and will later include the Fan Fest and Pep Rally in Times Square. The Pep Rally will be a part of an ESPN FC Special that will air live on ESPN from Times Square from 5-6 p.m. ET.

The USA will also hold a Super Bowl-style media day for the New York press on Friday afternoon at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Looking ahead ...

USA-TURKEY. Jurgen Klinsmann said after Tuesday's 2-0 win over Azerbaijan that he expected Clint Dempsey to be fit for Sunday's match against Turkey. The U.S. captain was a last-minute scratch on Tuesday as a precautionary measure because of tightness in his groin.

Turkey will be playing its third game since the end of the European season. It beat Ireland, 2-1, at Aviva Stadium on Sunday and faces Honduras Thursday night at Washington's RFK Stadium.

Turkey Roster:
Goalkeepers: Onur Recep Kivrak (Trabzonspor), Tolga Zengin (Besiktas), Volkan Babacan (Manisaspor).
Defenders: Caner Erkin (Fenerbahce), Ishak Dogan (Kardemir Karabukspor), Ugur Demirok (Akhisar Belediyespor), Semih Kaya (Galatasaray), Omer Toprak (Bayer Leverkusen), Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce) Osman Tarik Camdal (Eskisehirspor), Ozan Tufan (Bursaspor).
Midfielders: Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid/SPA), Olcay Sahan (Besiktas), Turgut Dogan Sahin (Gaziantepspor), Aydin Karabulut (Sivasspor), Selcuk Inan (Galatasaray), Bilal Kisa (Akhisar Belediyespor), Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas), Hakan Calhanoglu (Hamburg/GER), Alper Potuk (Fenerbahce), Olcan Adin (Trabzonspor), Ahmet Ilhan Ozek (Kardemir Karabukspor).
Forwards: Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray), Mevlut Erdinc (St. Etienne/FRA), Adem Buyuk (Kasimpasa).

Looking back ...

May 27 in San Francisco
USA 2 Azerbaijan 0. Goals: Diskerud 75, Johannsson 81.
USA -- Howard; Johnson (Yedlin 62), Besler, Cameron (Gonzalez 46), Beasley (Chandler 46); Jones, Bedoya (Diskerud 71), Zusi (Davis 46), Bradley; Wondolowski (Johannsson 62), Altidore.
Azerbaijan -- K.Aghayev, Ramaldanov, Shukurov (Girtimov 46), Budak, Yunuszade, Garayev, Abishov (Guseynov 46), Abasiyev (Medvedev 71), Javadov (Nazarov 60), Dadashov (Fardjad-Azad 66), R.Aliyev.
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  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: May 29, 2014 at 10:28 a.m.
    Good times!
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: May 29, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.
    Jozy Altidore needs to be benched. He is a waste. Horrible. Can never score. And could cost us getting out of our Group. Aron Johgansson should be the starter. And Jozy shoud be out the door. Enough is enough. JK needs to give up on him. Sit him down once and for all.

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