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). SOCCER AMERICA CONFIDENTIAL: Paul Kennedy: Building from the base Ridge Mahoney: USA-Azerbaijan Player Ratings Mike Woitalla: Johannsson has reason to celebrate
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
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
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:
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:
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. Att.: