KRIS LINDSAY - Monday, June 2, 2014
The United States continued their march to Brazil with a 2-1 win against Turkey Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
A superb finish from Fabian Johnson and a tap in from Clint Dempsey were enough to push the Americans past the Turks, who were fielding a talented roster.
Turkey, who didn't qualify for the World Cup, pressured the Americans early in a back and forth affair that nearly saw the team in red strike first.
The United States opened the scoring in the 26th minute off of a give and go between Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley. Johnson passed short to Bradley, who was sitting just beyond the top of the 18. The midfielder then chipped the ball over the Turkish defense back to Johnson, who made a one time finish to the far corner.
Clint Dempsey rounded out the scoring for the Americans in the 52nd minute. The Texan was able to tap in a cross from Timmy Chandler after a Turkish defender misjudged the cross.
The Americans threatened a few more times throughout the game, but weren't able to net a third.
Turkey added a penalty kick late after a tough giveaway from Timmy Chandler resulted in a handball off the line from defender Geoff Cameron. Selcuk Inan finished off the penalty against Brad Guzan, even though the American guessed correctly.
The Americans will finish off their send off series on Saturday, June 7th against Nigeria.