By Mike Woitalla
Coming off a 2-0 win on Tuesday over Azerbaijan the USA downed a much livelier Turkey, 2-1, on Sunday in Harrison, N.J. Right back Fabian Johnson scored a superb goal, set up by Michael Bradley, while left back Timmy Chandler delivered the low cross that Hakan Kadir Balta whiffed on to allow a Clint Dempsey tap-in.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), 99/0.
Easily handled the three shots that came to right to him. Made way for backup Guzan at halftime.
7 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), 21/1.
Solid defensively and scored a golazo after flying into the penalty area on a one-two with Michael Bradley.
5 Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 16/0.
Played solidly in the central defensive against a Turkish team that, unlike Azerbaijan on Tuesday, launched waves of attacks.
6 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 26/1.
Started the day with a foolish foul, but headed clear several threatening Turkish crosses. Blocked a goal with his hand that gave Turkey 90th-minute PK and but somehow escaped ejection.
5 Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg/GER), 12/0.
Broke up a Turkish breakaway in the 32nd minute, delivered the low cross that created Clint Dempsey’s goal. Faded in final minutes and beaten on play that led to Turkey’s PK goal.
4 Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), 22/3.
Most disappointing of the projected World Cup starters. Only highlight was his cross-field pass to Julian Green.
5 Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/TUR), 41/2.
Extinguished a fourth-minute Turkish attack and swept adequately in front of backline. Got away with plowing down Caner Erkin in penalty area in 22nd minute. Blocked two shots late in first half.
7 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 85/12.
The USA’s midfield engine superbly set up Johnson’s goal with a chip into the penalty area.
4 Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), 16/0.
Got away with fouling Osman Tarik Camdal in penalty area in the 31st minute and with a handball to keep the ball in play in the second half. Did not deliver the service from the wing as he’s expected to, but had a touch in the sequence on the USA’s first goal.
6 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 104/37.
Made a highlight reel spin move on Hakan Kadir Balta in the first half. Misplayed some balls but pounced on Balta’s miscue to score what turned out to be the gamewinner in the second half.
6 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), 69/21.
Had a goal called back for a push and/or handball so remains scoreless for club and country since December. But his toiling up front kept Turks on their heels and Altidore helped set up the first goal when he won a clearance and drew a trio of Turks to the corner before passing to Davis.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
6 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 25/0
Tested more than Howard was in first half, saving a close-range blast to the near-post and a long-distance attempt with an impressive dive. Had no chance on PK.
5 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 36/1.
Handled the defensive midfield role competently after replacing Jones at halftime.
6 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 4/0
Was beaten upon coming on at halftime by Ahmet Ilhan Ozek but settled down and broke up many Turkish attacks.
3 Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER) 2/0.
Had a scoring chance right after arriving in the 64th minute but took a poor first touch and went down with a defender's hand on his shoulder. Never found his rhythm. Managed to win a corner kick but then took it badly.
5 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders), 4/0.
Shook off nerves after kicking out of bounds with first touch and battled hard against Olcan Adin on wing.
4 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR), 19/3.
Failed to follow-up on Tuesday’s goalscoring performance with anything notable during 21 minutes on the field.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)