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June 1, 2014
TURKISH TUNEUP
USA gets second pre-World Cup win, 2-1

By Michael Lewis
Big Apple Soccer Editor

Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner as the U.S. beat Turkey 2-1 on Sunday.
Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner as the U.S. beat Turkey 2-1 on Sunday.
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HARRISON, N.J. – Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey scored goals as the United States recorded its second win in as many World Cup warm-up matches en route to a 2-1 victory over Turkey at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon.

Midfielder Selcuk Inan recorded a penalty kick in the 90th minute after central defender Geoff Cameron handled the ball in the penalty area.

The game enjoyed a lively start with both sides trying to decide the other team’s backline in front of an arena-record crowd of 26,672.

The Turks had the first real opportunity in the eight minute when Oguzhan Ozyakup fired a shot directly at USA goalkeeper Tim Howard, who had an easy catch.

Three minutes later, Turkey was awarded a free kick and after working the ball around, midfielder and captain Nuri Sahin fired a shot wide right.

The U.S. felt it should have had a goal off a Graham Zusi corner kick in the 15th minute, but it was waved away due to a foul as Jozy Altidore argued to the referee in vain.

The visitors certainly placed more shots on the USA goal as Mevlut Erdinc’s attempt was saved by Howard in the 17th minute.

Howard was up to the task in the first half as he denied Erdinc a couple of minutes later.

Turkrish defender Ozan Tufan, however, made the play of the first when he blocked Michael Bradley’s shot off the goal line in the 21st minute.

While it had been outplayed on the other end, the USA drew first blood in the 26th minute. Bradley blooped a pass into the penalty area to an onrushing Fabian Johnson, who beat goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak for a 1-0 advantage.

The Americans wound up having both its forwards on the ground in the 37th minute after a Turkish player took down Altidore at midfield. The ball went to Dempsey in the box and he apparently was taken down by a defender. He got up and had a point-blank shot aved by Kivrak.

Clint Dempsley doubled the lead in the 52nd minute via a Tim Chandler cross that was mishandled by a defender in front of the goal. Dempsey had an easy time slotting the ball home past Kivrak for a 2-0 American advantage.

The USA got lucky barely a minute later as Brad Davis handled the ball, but was not called on the play. The ball was worked to Graham Zusi, who fired a shot into the side netting on the right side.

Brad Guzan, who came on at halftime for Howard, was as sharp as his teammate, making a spectacular kick save on an onrushing Gokhan Gonul on the hour to preserve the clean sheet.
   
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