[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Goals by Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey gave the USA a 2-1 win over Turkey in their friendly at sold-out Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. But the Turks had plenty of chances -- 20 shots in all -- and were unlucky not to score more than the lone consolation goal in stoppage time. With one game to go before it heads to Brazil, the USA was still making adjustments to its defensive approach.
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The USA once again aligned its diamond midfield with three changes in the starting
lineup -- Timmy Chandler for DaMarcus Beasley at left back, Brad Davis for Alejandro Bedoya at left midfield and Dempsey for Chris Wondolowski up front. But the U.S. midfield -- with Jermaine Jones at the base of the diamond -- was often overrun in the first half.
"What we needed to do earlier there is to drop Michael Bradley beside [Jones] to make it defensively a flat
four and use the diamond going forward," said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "And so we corrected that at halftime and it then looked better. Even Clint [Dempsey]
dropped a little bit more to look after [Nuri] Sahin, the No. 10, and it looked better."
After the break, Kyle
Beckerman took over Jones and Brad Guzan and John Brooks also came on. Youngsters DeAndre Yedlin, Julian Green and Mix Diskerud, the hero of the Tuesday win over Azerbaijan, later came on
as Klinsmann again made two substitutions. Only third-string keeper Nick Rimando has not seen action in the first two send-off matches, and only Jozy Altidore and Bradley have played 180 minutes.
Next up: The USA team concludes its warm-up series with a match against Nigeria
Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.
TRIVIA. Dempsey's goal gave him goals in each of the last 10 years. Only Eric
Wynalda and Brian McBride have scored in more consecutive years. Both scored in 11 years.
June 1 in Harrison, N.J.
USA Turkey. Goals: Johnson 29, Dempsey 49; Inan pen. 90.
USA -- Howard (Guzan 46); Johnson (Yedlin 64), Cameron, Besler (Brooks 46), Chandler; Zusi (Diskerud 70), Jones (Beckerman 46), Bradley, Davis (Green 64); Altidore, Dempsey.
Turkey -- Kivrak, Balta (Demirok 83), Dogan (Ozek 46), Gonul, Inan, Erdinc (Kisa 80), Sahin (Calhanoglu 70), Ozyakup (Adin 66), Tufan, Erkin, Camdal (Pektemek 64)
Shots: USA 8/TUR 20
Shots on Goal: USA 6/TUR 12
Saves: USA 11/ TUR 3
Corner Kicks: USA 4 /TUR 8
Fouls: USA 20/TUR 12
Offside: USA 2 /TUR