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USA-Turkey Preview Guide
by Paul Kennedy, May 31st, 2014 11:56PM

TAGS:  men's national team, turkey, world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Four years ago, the USA beat Turkey, 2-1, in its final game of its World Cup 2010 send-off series. On Sunday, it will again take to the field against Turkey, at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, in another send-off series but with an almost completely different team (live at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision).

SA's Starting Lineup: Howard; Johnson, Besler, Cameron, Chandler; Zusi, Bradley, Jones, Davis; Dempsey, Altidore.

Just four players remain from the team that beat Turkey as Jurgen Klinsmann continues his late reshaping of the national team just 16 days before the opening match of the 2014 World Cup.

All are part of what Klinsmann calls the "spine" of the team: Tim Howard in goal, Michael Bradley in midfield and Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore up front.

The fifth member of Klinsmann "spine" is Jermaine Jones, who knows the Turks well, having played for Istanbul club Besiktas in the spring. Turkey, which beat Honduras, 2-0, on Thursday night in Washington, has three players from Besiktas in its traveling squad.

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SELLOUT. The USA-Turkey game in Harrison, N.J., is a sellout. A crowd estimated at 2,500 showed up for the U.S. practice on Saturday.

U.S. Roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg/GER), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/TUR), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Forwards:  Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ/NED), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

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/GER), 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).

  1. Charles Stamos
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.
    Looking for a solid defensive showing and some offensive flair. A 2-0 or 3-1 win would be fantastic. Time for the forward line to step up and be creative. I wonder who would take a PK if we earn one. Dempsey would not be my first choice. Good luck USA!
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 10:52 a.m.
    Anything less than a clean sheet in this game spells doom for this team in Brazil. Turkey has some attacking prowess but is not even close to the attacking quality of our Group opponents. Watch out for the 2nd half, Turkey was very strong later in the game vs Honduras. More fit and deeper than Concacaf sides.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
    < Charles S. - I agree about the PK. I'm on record (somewhere in the recent Soccer America Daily archives) that Dempsey as the captain will call his own number for the PKs and critical free kicks and he's just frankly not that good at them. I've seen him miss terribly many times. Unfortunately his EGO will not let him see any weakness in his game and it will cost this team a goal or two (if we are fortunate enough to draw 1 or 2 penalties in Brazil).
  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
    If not Dempsey, than who should take the PK's. Without Donovan, I'm not sure who we have, that we can have confidence in. I'm thinking Altidore, but I haven't watched him in Europe. Do you guys know somebody better in our starting lineup?

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