The Azerbaijan game was just a warmup to the serious work of preparing for the World Cup. Turkey, which dismantled Honduras in the last 20 minutes of
Thursday's friendly in Washington, is a big step up from Azerbaijan, and Nigeria on June 7 will be an even bigger test. USA-Turkey: Sunday, June 1 in Harrison, N.J. Stadium:
Red Bull Arena TV:
live at 2
p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision.
Turkey extended its winning streak since the end of the European season to three games with the 2-0 win over Honduras on late goals by French-based
star Mevlut Erding
and Caner Erkin
. The Turks, who beat Kosovo, 6-1, and Ireland, 2-1, have not advanced to the World
Cup finals since finishing third in 2002.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann
said Turkey, which the USA beat, 2-1, in its second tune-up match four years
ago in Philadelphia, was not lined up to imitate Portugal, the second U.S. opponent at the finals.
"You can't imitate Portugal because you don't find another Cristiano Ronaldo
," he said at U.S. Soccer's media day on Friday.
Klinsmann would not disclose his plans for the Turkey game except to say that Clint Dempsey
, who sat out Tuesday's match against Azerbaijan with a sore groin, would start.
Despite the tepid performance against Azerbaijan, Klinsmann supported the
diamond midfield used in the last two friendlies that "suits a lot of players because it's based on their strengths."
The media day was followed by a pep rally at Times Square that drew
an estimated 2,000 fans as Klinsmann and national team players appeared on a special one-hour edition of ESPN FC.
On the show, Klinsmann came close to saying he was putting all the U.S. hopes of advancing on the result
of the June 16 opener against Ghana by describing it as "pretty much like a knockout game."
He said the friendly against Nigeria in Jacksonville was almost like facing Ghana in Recife. He
added that weather conditions were a reason so many teams -- nine in all -- were preparing for the World Cup with camps or games in Florida. U.S. Roster: Goalkeepers:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Defenders:
(Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), DeAndre
Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) Midfielders:
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston
Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) Forwards:
Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes). Turkey Roster: Goalkeepers:
Onur Recep Kivrak (Trabzonspor), Tolga Zengin (Besiktas), Volkan Babacan (Manisaspor). Defenders:
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