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U.S. MNT Defeats Turkey 2-1 at Sold-Out Red Bull Arena

HARRISON, New Jersey (June 1, 2014) – Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey each scored a goal as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Turkey 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 26,762 at Red Bull Arena.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who played the opening 45 minutes, set a U.S. MNT record with the 54th win of his National Team career, breaking Kasey Keller’s record. Brad Guzan played the second half.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley), 26th minute: The hustle of Fabian Johnson and the precision passing of Michael Bradley worked to perfection for the USA. Johnson passed to Bradley and immediately darted up the middle of Turkey’s defense. Bradley took a quick touch and flicked the ball ahead just inside the box, where Johnson one-timed with his left foot and found the inside of the left side of the frame for a one-goal lead. It was Johnson’s first goal in 21 international appearances. USA 1, TUR 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (unassisted), 52nd minute: Clint Dempsey was in the right place at the right time when Turkey defender Hakan Kadir Balta faltered on a clearance. The U.S. MNT worked the ball around from Michael Bradley, Brad Davis and left back Timmy Chandler who sent the ball into the area. Balta had every opportunity to clear the cross, but he botched the touch and the ball trickled to Dempsey near the right post, where the MNT captain capitalized with his first goal of 2014 and 37th goal of his career. USA 2, TUR 0 (SEE GOAL)

TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty kick), 90th minute: With injury time looming, Timmy Chandler lost the ball to Mustafa Pektemek, who attacked the near right side against U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Pektemek patiently waited for an opening, shot to the left side of the frame and USA center back Geoff Cameron was called for a handball to stop the shot. Selcuk Inan crisply struck his right-footed penalty inside the left side of the frame, past a diving Guzan who anticipated correctly on the attempt. USA 2, TUR 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TUR – Ozan Tufan, 21st minute: Six minutes earlier, Jozy Altidore’s header goal was disallowed for a push to Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak. But Altidore stayed heavy on the attack and dished from the right side of the box to Michael Bradley. Bradley’s shot was blocked by Turkey defender Ozan Tufan. Tufan’s right-footed clearance kept the score level at the time as both teams came close on several occasions during the opening 25 minutes.

USA – Jermaine Jones, 35th and 36th minutes: U.S. holding midfielder Jermaine Jones had a couple big stops in a one-minute stretch to keep Turkey off of the score sheet. He blocked a Gokhan Gonul shot in the 35th minute and then made a sliding stop to disrupt another Gonal strike with his right foot. Jones briefly received medical attention as he took the shot to his body, but he was quick to continue play.

TUR – Ozan Tufan and Onur Recep Kivrak, 37th minute: In a frenzied sequence, Jozy Altidore sent the ball ahead to Clint Dempsey who initially had a step on Turkey defender Ozan Tufan. As the two rushed into the box, Tufan bumped shoulder-to-shoulder to disrupt Dempsey’s attempt. Shouts for a penalty arose from the U.S. MNT bench, but play continued and Dempsey stuck with the loose ball, only to have his second attempt blocked by Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak.

USA – Brad Guzan, 60th minute: The left side of USA’s defense allowed Gokhan Gonul to have plenty of open space down the right side. Chandler attempted to track back in time to get in front of Gonul, but Gonul got his shot off at the near right side. Second-half sub Guzan stepped up, however, with a clutch save at the near right post to keep the two-goal lead at the time.

TUR – Onur Recep Kivrak, 81st minute: Mix Diskerud played the ball to Jozy Altidore down the right side and Altidore cut inside to his left to evade Turkey’s Ozan Tufan. That created a strong one-on-one chance against Turkey goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak, but Kivrak stepped up with a foot save to turn away the U.S. MNT striker.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard passed Kasey Keller to set the U.S. MNT record with 54 career victories. Howard is now 54-28-15 all-time. Keller was 53-27-18.
  • Howard earned his 99th cap, and with his next appearance he will become the 15th player and third goalkeeper in U.S. MNT history to reach the 100-cap mark. Howard is also one appearance behind Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore, who are tied for 13th all-time with 100 caps.
  • Clint Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in 10 consecutive years. The only other U.S. MNT players to accomplish this feat are Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda, who scored a goal in 11 consecutive years.
  • Dempsey made his 104th appearance and ranks 10th on the all-time list. He is two appearances behind ninth-place Wynalda (106 caps from 1990-2000).
  • Michael Bradley earned his 85th cap, tying him for 20th all-time with Frankie Hejduk and Bruce Murray.
  • Bradley earned his ninth assist and is tied for 16th on the all-time list with Clint Mathis. Bradley is one assist behind a group of Steve Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, McBride and Earnie Stewart, who are all tied for 10th with 10 career assists.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT concludes its three-game Send-Off Series against Nigeria at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 7, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 2-1-1 in the all-time series against Turkey.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 3-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 6-4-7 all-time in games based in New Jersey and 1-1-0 at Red Bull Arena.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made three changes from the starting lineup the U.S. utilized during the 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan on May 27. Defender Timmy Chandler and midfielder Brad Davis, who were halftime subs the last time out, replaced DaMarcus Beasley and Alejandro Bedoya, respectively, in the starting lineup. Captain Clint Dempsey got the start ahead of Chris Wondolowski. Dempsey originally was penciled in to start against Azerbaijan, but Klinsmann held him out for precautionary reasons because of a sore groin.
  • The U.S. is now 7-3-2 with Dempsey as the captain.
  • The starting lineup featured Tim Howard at goalkeeper, with a back four of left back Chandler, center backs Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron and right back Fabian Johnson.
  • The starting midfield featured Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, respectively, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond of the 4-4-2.
  • Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • The U.S. made three subs to open the second half. Brad Guzan replaced Howard in goal. Kyle Beckerman subbed for midfielder Jones. John Brooks entered the match for Besler.
  • In the 64th minute, Julian Green made his second career U.S. MNT appearance, replacing Davis. Outside back DeAndre Yedlin entered for Johnson.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: June 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,762 (sellout)
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 1 2
TUR                        0 1 1

USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley)   26th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey                                 52
TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty)                       90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

TUR: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak; 2-Hakan Kadir Balta (4-Ugur Demirok, 83), 24-Osman Tarik Camdal (17-Mustafa Pektemek, 46), 3-Ishak Dogan (26-Ahmet Ilhan Ozek, 46), 7-Gokhan Gonul, 8-Selcuk Inan, 9-Mevlut Erdinc (19-Bilal Kisa, 80), 10-Nuri Sahin (capt.) (5-Hakan Calhanoglu, 70), 15-Oguzhan Ozyakup (20-Olcan Adin, 67), 16-Ozan Tufan, 18-Caner Erkin
Subs Not Used: 1-Tolga Zengin, 11-Olcay Sahan, 13-Adem Buyuk, 21-Omer Toprak, 22-Aydin Karabulut, 23-Volkan Babacan, 25-Turgut Dogun Sahin
Head Coach: Fatih Terim

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

  • DateSunday, June 1, 2014
  • VenueRed Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
  • Kickoff2:00 PM ET
  • Attendance26,762
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Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: June 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,762 (sellout)
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:  1          2          F
USA                             1          1          2
TUR                             0          1          1            

USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley)      26th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey                                      52
TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty)                            90                                            

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

TUR: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak; 2-Hakan Kadir Balta (4-Ugur Demirok, 83), 24-Osman Tarik Camdal (17-Mustafa Pektemek, 46), 3-Ishak Dogan (26-Ahmet Ilhan Ozek, 46), 7-Gokhan Gonul, 8-Selcuk Inan, 9-Mevlut Erdinc (19-Bilal Kisa, 80), 10-Nuri Sahin (capt.) (5-Hakan Calhanoglu, 70), 15-Oguzhan Ozyakup (20-Olcan Adin, 67), 16-Ozan Tufan, 18-Caner Erkin
Subs Not Used: 1-Tolga Zengin, 11-Olcay Sahan, 13-Adem Buyuk, 21-Omer Toprak, 22-Aydin Karabulut, 23-Volkan Babacan, 25-Turgut Dogun Sahin
Head Coach: Fatih Terim 

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 12
Saves: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Klinsmann Stresses Focus for U.S. MNT Back Line Against Turkey

Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff watched the first half of Turkey’s last game, a friendly against Honduras in Washington, D.C., on the plane from San Francisco to New York City. The score was tied at 0-0 heading into halftime. Then the plane landed, and the staff and players had to leave.

If the flight had landed a bit later, Klinsmann might have had a glimpse right then and there on the challenge Turkey would present to the United States. Saint-Etienne striker Mevlüt Erdniç and Fenerbehçe defender Caner Erkin scored in Turkey’s 2-0 win against Los Catrachos, with both goals coming off defensive lapses that were immediately pounced upon by Turkey.

The meaning of this performance, especially as it relates to the U.S. back line, is not lost on Klinsmann.

“I think Turkey is an unpredictable team,” Klinsmann said on Friday. “They have a lot of individual skills and good players that can make a difference in half a second, as Honduras experienced, and before that Ireland, and many other teams before that. We need games that really keep us on our toes, especially for our back line, that really challenges them not to lose concentration and focus even for one moment.”

The USA’s defense has been a near-constant topic of conversation throughout the team’s World Cup preparations, with most of the talk centering around the team’s World Cup inexperience. Of the group, only one player (DaMarcus Beasley) has played in a World Cup, but even his time in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups came as a midfielder, not among the back four. The concern is that this inexperience could lead to miscues like the ones Honduras endured against Turkey. However, U.S. center back Matt Besler believes significant experience can be gained simply by becoming tighter on the training field.

“Anytime you are doing a back four drill, anytime you open it up into a scrimmage at the end of training, you take those opportunities very seriously,” Besler said. “You just try and work things out by feeling it, by experiencing it.”

Turkey’s attack will have plenty to keep Besler and his fellow defenders busy. Besides Erdinç, who is coming off a solid season in Ligue 1 with 12 goals in 31 appearances, Turkey also brings Burak Yilmaz, the Galatasaray forward who will be the team’s primary scoring threat if he starts. Yilmaz stands at 6-foot-2 and combines his size and physical power with a finishing touch that can either be delicate or powerful. Simply put, Yilmaz can be a handful for any defender in the world if he is on his game.

However, Turkey’s true strength lies in a trio of midfielders that can make plays in a variety of ways for Yilmaz, Erdinç or whoever else starts at forward on Sunday. In Arda Turan, Turkey has a left winger coming off a stellar title-winning season with Atlético Madrid. The team also boasts playmaking central midfielders Selçuk Inan and Nuri Sahin, a pair of midfield generals that will test the U.S. chemistry in the center of the park, whether it is the Michael Bradley-Jermaine Jones combo that started against Azerbaijan, or some other partnership.

“For me, one of the most important triangles you can have on the field is your two center backs and your holding midfielder,” Besler said. “The key is forming a good partnership. It’s playing off each other’s strengths and weaknesses and it’s being comfortable with each other.”

That strength in midfield will be supported with surging runs forward from right back Gökhan Gönül – a factor that could test the shape of whichever formation Klinsmann decides to use on Sunday.

“It doesn’t matter really whether you play a 4-4-2 diamond or a flat four in midfield or a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. It’s the whole team, how it shapes up, how it works as an entire unit, how it attacks collectively and how it defends collectively,” Klinsmann said. “We wanted to start off a little bit easy with the Azerbaijan game. Now with Turkey, we really have a benchmark that will give us a little more insight into certain things.”

The stability of the U.S. defense is sure to be one of them.

-Alex Abnos

U.S. MNT to Play in Front of Sellout Crowd at Red Bull Arena

CHICAGO (May 31, 2014) – A sellout crowd of more than 25,000 will be on hand when the U.S. Men’s National Team hosts Turkey on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

The home stadium of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls will be the site of the USA’s second match of its three-game Send-Off Series in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Kickoff for Sunday’s game is at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA is coming off a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan on May 27 in its first Send-Off Series match, powered by Yingli Solar. Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson provided the goals and Tim Howard tied a U.S. MNT record with his 53rd career victory, matching Kasey Keller’s career mark.

Following Sunday’s game, the USA wraps up its Send-Off Series against Nigeria on Saturday, June 7, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Deportes Radio.

The U.S. is less than three weeks away from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the team will face Ghana (6 p.m. ET June 16), Portugal (6 p.m. ET on June 22) and Germany (12 p.m. ET on June 26) in Group G. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Chula Vista FC Aiming to Continue Upstart Beginning to 2015 USOC

As 2015 U.S. Open Cup Cinderella side Harpo’s FC was in Colorado Springs trying to extend an unthinkable run to the Third Round last Wednesday night, USASA side Chula Vista FC looked ready to take the glass slipper.

As the final whistle blew on Harpo’s 2-1 defeat at the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Chula Vista FC was in the midst of a 3-0 shellacking of USL side Arizona United SC. The Second Round win came on the heels of a 2-1 extra time victory over PDL side FC Tucson in First Round play a week before, and anointed the tournament debutantes as the new amateur darlings heading into round three on Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t say we’re surprised with our success,” said Chula Vista FC head coach Hector Diaz. “It’s a little overwhelming that it happened in our first U.S. Open Cup trip but a lot of these guys have had pressure before and been successful under that pressure. I think we rise to the challenge -- there aren’t any egos, they’re trying to take advantage of the opportunity they’ve been afforded and I like that. Hopefully we continue with the same attitude.”

Perhaps what’s most amazing about the team’s run is that the side is made up entirely of players 23 years old and under. Half the team that started the match against the pros at Arizona United were under the age of 21. Even Diaz, a former airman in the Air National Guard, is one of the youngest coaches in the tournament at just 28.

Chula Vista FC
Chula Vista FC celebrates earning a berth in the Third Round of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup after defeating Arizona United on May 20.

The holder of a USSF “B” Coaching License, Diaz began his managerial career at the age of 15, working with his father, Hector, Sr. as coach of his brother Alberto’s youth squad. Keeping the core of the team together over the past 13 years, Hector has taken over the reins, culminating in their first Open Cup qualification earlier this year.

Alberto, a slight but technical former U.S. youth international and 2010 Cal South Player of the Year, shined in the team’s Second Round match against Arizona United, scoring the first and third goals and setting up teammate Angel Pinal for the second in the 3-0 rout.

“I had a big smile when he scored the first goal,” said Alberto’s big brother Hector. “I watched and saw Francisco Ramirez, who started on this team with ‘Berto when they were both six or seven years old, set him up for the goal. They’ve always been the top two players in whatever league they’ve played in and now they’re big things against a pro team in the U.S. Open Cup – it’s incredible.”

The win sets the club up for its biggest match yet, a visit north to reigning USL champions Sacramento Republic who beat Sonoma County Sol 4-2 in Second Round play last week, a team Diaz says he’s followed closely since they began last year.

“It’s hard not to notice the buzz they’ve generated,” he said. “We have a great group of guys and the same night we beat Arizona, our captain Luis Alvarado watched their game against Sonoma Sol and took notes, three hours after our game, our captain had already analyzed our opponent. He said, ‘I did half the job for you, I’m going to give you these notes. They’re real good, real dangerous on the attack. I think we can counterattack them this way, go at them that way.”

“They’re very good offensively,” Diaz continued. “The good thing is our defense I think has been the strongest. Both first halves against Tucson and Arizona were unbelievably difficult. They both pressed us and our defense was able to hold in both cases. In the second half of both games we were more offensive and released a little pressure.”

Chula Vista FC
Chula Vista FC's next challenge comes in the Open Cup Third Round against reigning USL champs Sacramento Republic FC.

With just five amateur teams left in the tournament, Chula Vista FC know that if they can get past Sacramento on Wednesday, they’ll have a good chance at the tournament’s $15,000 prize for the Amateur Division team that advances the furthest.

And while Diaz admits he didn’t think his team would get this far in its first appearance, he’s also sure to point out that, despite two wins, they haven’t reached their goal in the tournament just yet.

“I keep telling the guys that we have nothing to lose and everything to win. They’re responding and starting to believe a little more and as we go the confidence is growing. We always saw the goal as being able to go up against an MLS team. I thought it would take a couple more tries to have a chance at that we’re not at our goal yet, but were hoping to get there on Wednesday.”

The winner of the match will advance to a Fourth Round date away to the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on June 16.

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