[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
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. Soccer America Confidentials: Ridge Mahoney: Brad Davis: 'Never shut the door on a dream' Mike Woitalla: The USA's new No. 10: Mix Diskerud Paul Kennedy: Building from the base Mike
Woitalla: Johannsson has reason to celebrate 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:
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).