TURKEY, THEN SOUTH AFRICA: In the final match before the USA leaves for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Americans take on Turkey in front of what will be a large and surely patriotic crowd at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia with a kickoff of 2 p.m. ET. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley chose the 23-man roster for the World Cup on May 26 so this match represents the first for the fully formed World Cup Team. Bradley chose to rest many of the U.S. regulars for the match on May 25 against the Czech Republic to give numerous players a chance to impress before the final roster was selected, but that is not expected to be the case on Saturday against Turkey. Fans can watch the match on ESPN2 and Galavision as well as follow along on via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
- The match vs. Turkey represents the second of three matches before the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the second of the two-game Send-Off Series games in the United States. The U.S. will also face Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort during the pre-tournament training camp in South Africa.
- The U.S. will dress all 23 players from the World Cup Team for the match. The maximum number of substitutions will be six.
- The U.S. and Turkey have met just twice in history and never inside the United States. The first meeting was way back in 1991, a 1-1 tie in Istanbul. The most recent came in the USAâ€™s opening game at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, a 2-1 loss in St. Etienne, France. The U.S goal scorer in that match? None other than DaMarcus Beasley, who tallied his fourth career goal that day.
- Turkey made a memorable run to the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship and was also a semifinalist at the 2002 World Cup in Korea Republic and Japan where it lost to Brazil, 1-0, on a goal from World Cup all-time leading scorer Ronaldo.
- Nineteen of the 23 players on the U.S. World Cup Team appeared in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying for the U.S., although only eight appeared in at least half of the USAâ€™s qualifiers (Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu).
- With their goals against Czech Republic, Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez became the first pair of U.S. players to get their first goal in the same game since Stuart Holden and Robbie Rogers tallied in the 4-1 win against Grenada on July 4, 2009, to open the 2009 Gold Cup.
- Landon Donovan is the leading cap winner on the roster with 121 appearances. Conversely, Edson Buddle has played only twice for the full team. More on these two later.
- Buddle made the World Cup Team after appearing in just two matches for the USA, one in 2003 and second coming in 45 minutes of action against the Czech Republic, a game in which he got an assist.
- Gomez made the World Cup Team after appearing in just two matches before coming on at halftime against the Czech Republic to earn his third cap.
- Five of the seven defenders on the roster have at least one goal for the national team: Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Goodson, and Onyewu. Three of those tallied in 2009, and all of them memorable. Bocanegraâ€™s game-winning header against Honduras in Chicago; Goodson performing the same feat against the same team in the same stadium in the Gold Cup; and Bornstein capping off qualifying with a last-second header against Costa Rica.
- With his goal against the Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam, Bocanegra upped his career tally to 12, just one shy of the mark set by Marcelo Balboa for U.S. defenders.
- Clint Dempsey became one of only a handful of U.S. players to receive recognition from FIFA when he earned the Bronze Ball at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup after scoring goals against Egypt, Spain and Brazil.
- Tim Howard also picked up honors in that tournament, collecting the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper. Howard, who sits on 49 caps, finished the 2010 qualifying cycle with six clean sheets in 13 appearances and a 0.92 goals against average.
- Three players â€“ Stuart Holden, Clarence Goodson, and Benny Feilhaber â€“ appeared for the U.S. in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Jozy Altidore led all U.S. scorers in 2009, including a hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago and the game-winner against No. 1-ranked Spain that vaulted the U.S. into the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.
- In 15 games in 2009, Altidore recorded six goals without registering an assist, the most goals without a helper since Frank Klopas scored eight times without adding an assist to his stat sheet in 1994.
- Two players on the U.S. roster -- Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley -- come from Scottish Premier League Champions Glasgow Rangers, which clinched its second title in a row.
- Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has recorded five shutouts in 14 appearances for the U.S., including three clean sheets in five World Cup qualifiers. Overall he has posted a 7-4-1 record.
- U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard grew up in North Brunswick, N.J., just about 45 miles from Philadelphia. He was a high school basketball star at North Brunswick HS before signing with Major League Soccer in 1998 where he played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars for six years before making the move to Europe and Manchester United followed by stardom in the English Premier League.
- Only one player on the U.S. World Cup Team made their U.S. first appearance for Bradley within the last year. Holden debuted on July 4, 2009, with an Independence Day goal in the Gold Cup.
Average Age: 26.9 Average Caps: 34.2
Most Caps: 121 (Landon Donovan) Fewest Caps: 2 (Edson Buddle)
Oldest: 37 (Marcus Hahnemann) Youngest: 20 (Jozy Altidore)
Play professionally in: England (7), USA (4), Germany (3), Mexico (2), Scotland (2), Denmark (1), France (1), Italy (1), Norway (1), Spain (1)
PRINCETON PREP: The U.S. team spent the first week of camp training at Princeton University in New Jersey where U.S. head coach Bob Bradley ran the team through an excellent week that focused mostly on fitness. There was one day of inclement weather, but otherwise the U.S. camp was extremely smooth and productive as several players worked through their final stages of rehabilitation to overcome injuries. The U.S. team left Princeton, Bradleyâ€™s alma mater, on May 23 to take its next steps towards South Africa with a match against the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., a game the USA lost, 4-2, after giving up two late goals.
GETTING THE CALL: With the roster having been scheduled to be announced May 26 live on ESPN, there was a quick turnaround to make final decisions following the game against Czech Republic which ended around 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening. The coaches met for nearly two hours after arriving back at the team hotel, and players were asked to remain available. In what would clearly be the longest couple hours of their careers, the players chosen for the roster were called to a team meeting at 2 a.m. when they received the official news of their selection for the World Cup roster.
ROSTERED UP: The final roster of 23 players, while selected, must be officially turned in by June 1. However, a team may replace an injured player up to 24 hours prior to their first match of the tournament. In this case, the replacement player does not have to be selected from the 30-man preliminary list.
SERIOUS EXPOSURE: Media coverage of the team has certainly ramped up in 2010, and the week in Princeton saw the bar raised another level. More than 85 media outlets from the U.S., England, Slovenia, Algeria, the Netherlands, Sweden and more took advantage of the daily media access to interview players and coaches. ESPN spent a day collecting interviews, still shots, and some cool video graphic elements for their shows. Separate photo shoots were conducted by Sports Illustrated and Interview Magazine, while television outlets like NBC News, Fox News and The Daily Show filmed segments for upcoming shows. And the hits just keep on coming. On May 24, five U.S. players traveled the short distance from Hartford to Bristol, Conn., for the ESPN â€œCar Washâ€ and the Tuesday pre-game press conference at Rentschler Field that featured Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra and head coach Bob Bradley was packed with media as the buzz for the tournament continues to grow at home and abroad.
ON THE MEND: Several players on the final 23-man roster are returning from injuries of varying length and degree. Oguchi Onyewu played 65 minutes in his first competitive match since rupturing a patellar tendon on Oct. 14, 2009, against Costa Rica in the USAâ€™s final qualifier. Jay DeMerit missed his clubâ€™s final two matches with an abdominal strain, while Carlos Bocanegra underwent a procedure on May 5 to repair a sports hernia. Stuart Holden played the full 90 for the first time after healing from a broken bone suffered in the March 3 friendly against the Netherlands.
DONOVAN, BEASLEY THE MOST VETERAN OF VETERANSâ€¦ : A pair of 28-year-olds top the experience leader board in camp as fellow U-17 Residency founding fathers Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley are the highest cap-winners present. Donovan holds 121 caps and a record-setting 42 goals and 42 assists, contributing to 12 of the USAâ€™s 19 goals in the final round of World Cup qualifying. Beasley earned his 91st cap against the Czech Republic and is the next active player in line to earn his 100th cap. If he does, he would join an elite group of just 11 men to play 100 times for the United States.
â€¦ WHILE BUDDLE AND GOMEZ ARE HAPPY TO BE BACK: Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez are the newcomers to the group, holding just two and three caps, respectively. Their recent goal-scoring form in Major League Soccer and the Mexican First Division respectively certainly played major roles in their selections to the World Cup Team. On a tear for the Los Angeles Galaxy with nine goals in nine games, Buddle previously made his only appearance for the U.S. in 2003, playing the final 11 minutes on March 29, 2003, against Venezuela. Meantime south of the border, Gomez struck for 10 goals for Puebla to become the first U.S. player to lead a foreign league in scoring. Gomez has played three times for the U.S., twice in the 2007 Copa America tournament and of course this past Tuesday when he came off the bench to score a goal against the Czech Republic.
QUITE THE TOUR: The team experienced one of the most memorable 24 hours in national team history between May 26-27, and the MNT blog was right there to record the action. First, the newly minted 2010 U.S. World Cup team traveled to the campus of ESPN for their official unveiling live on the daytime edition of SportsCenter, then jetted to the airport for a charter flight to Washington, D.C. After a private team dinner at the Newseum, the group got geared up for an official visit to the White House. Greeted by President Barack Obama, Vice President Biden, and President Bill Clinton, the team took photos before being led on an impromptu tour of the West Wing that included a stroll through the Rose Garden, a look in the Oval Office, a gathering in the Roosevelt Room, and finally a sit-down in the office of the Vice President.
MAY B-DAYS: U.S. general manager Pam Perkins could possibly get a guest spot on Ace of Cakes by the time May is over. Four players will or have celebrated birthdays during camp. In a span of four days, Edson Buddle (29), DaMarcus Beasley and Brian Ching (both May 24) and team captain Carlos Bocanegra (turned 31 on game day vs. the Czechs) celebrated birthdays. An additional four players celebrated birthdays earlier this month.
PHILADELPHIA COMES OUT FOR THE USA: This will be just the USAâ€™s second match at Lincoln Financial Field, but the first one went well. It was a 2-1 OT win over Panama during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal just under a year ago. More than 32,000 fans came out for that game, but as more than 45,000 tickets have already been sold for this game, the U.S. team can expect a rousing and wildly patriotic send-off to the World Cup in South Africa.
NEW HOME JERSEYS MAKE DEBUT: The match against the Czech Republic was the on-field debut of the 2010 Men's National Team home kit which the team will wear during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The USA will wear it for the second time against Turkey. The new home jersey is traditional white with a shadow-like gray sash with navy trim on the round neck collar and a touch of red on the sleeves. Designed by Nike with the national culture and identity of the U.S. in mind, the jersey echoes the uniform worn by the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which they defeated England 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in the history of soccer. The replica jerseys are available to fans now at ussoccerstore.com. The jersey is entirely constructed with fabric recycled polyester from plastic bottles and features materials to stay cool and Dri-Fit moisture control. The U.S. Soccer crest is embroidered over the heart.
CHAMPIONS AGAIN: The U.S. Men's National Team finished atop the FIFA World Cup qualifying Final Round standings in CONCACAF for the second consecutive cycle, besting Mexico by one point. Jonathan Bornstein's stoppage-time goal with only seconds remaining leveled the score in the final qualifying match with Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., the 2-2 draw giving the USA the vital point it needed. The result at RFK Stadium, coupled with Mexico's draw by the same score with Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain, kept the U.S. first with El Tri second. The late drama in the nation's capital served to shake up third and fourth spot in the standings as well, with Honduras the beneficiary. Los Catrachos won on the road in El Salvador (the first time in the final round the visitors won in San Salvador) and leapfrogged Costa Rica to claim the third and final automatic berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
|Trinidad & Tobago||10||1||6||3||10||22||-12||6|
* qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
ON TO THE NEXT CHAPTER: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 60 games under his belt, seeing 92 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 complete, a review of the body of work during the past nearly-three years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Bradleyâ€™s 31 victories in 50 games outdistanced his predecessor Bruce Arena, who had collected 25 victories at that point in his tenure. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
- Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
- Won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15).
- Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008).
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland).
- Played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2).
- Played matches on four continents.
- Posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 110
Goals Against: 73
Record vs. â€¦
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 74 GF, 33 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-8-0, 19 GF, 20 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
Record when â€¦
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 2-7-2
Tied at half: 12-9-2
By year â€¦
GROUPED TOGETHER: The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria. The USA has faced England, ranked ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, on nine prior occasions and holds a 2-7-0 record against the 1966 World Cup champions. Most recently the two sides met in a friendly on May 28, 2008 at Wembley Stadium, where Fabio Capello's side earned a 2-0 victory. Slovenia (ranked 33rd) and Algeria (28th) have never faced the United States and the games in South Africa will mark the first meetings between the countries in any competition.
U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C Schedule
|June 12||England||8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.||Rustenburg|
|June 18||Slovenia||4 p.m. / 10 a.m.||Ellis Park Stadium; Johannesburg|
|June 23||Algeria||4 p.m. / 10 a.m.||Tshwane/Pretoria|
ELITE GROUP: Here is a look at the 32 teams from around the world who have booked their tickets to South Africa and the confederations they're coming from:
Host Country: South Africa
AFC â€“ Asia (43 teams, 4.5 berths): Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic
CAF â€“ Africa (53 teams, 5 berths): Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria
CONCACAF â€“ North America, Central America, Caribbean (35 teams, 3.5 berths): Honduras, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL â€“ South America (10 teams, 4.5 berths): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
OFC (10 teams, .5 berths) â€“ New Zealand
UEFA â€“ Europe (53 teams, 13 berths): Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
Of these teams, only the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain and Korea Republic have participated in all six World Cups since 1990.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. Menâ€™s National Team news (in short form, of course) by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNITY CUP: The members of the U.S. Men's National Team are not the only athletes representing their country in South Africa this summer as American Matthew Millett is set to participate in the inaugural Special Olympics Unity Cup in Cape Town. Millett, along with 15 other Special Olympics athletes from around the world, will play in a match on July 3rd alongside soccer legends and celebrities in Cape Town's fabulous Green Point stadium, site of a quarterfinal match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Millett visited the team in East Hartford and met the team after training Tuesday as he gets ready to represent the USA and 3.5 million Special Olympics athletes worldwide. The Unity Cup will serve as a leading example of the power of Special Olympics Unified Sports, with the goal of the match to support the mission of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities. To learn more about the Special Olympics Unity Cup please visit www.specialolympics.org/unitycup.
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THE GAME IS IN US: Support for United States' bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 has picked up some serious steam since the launch of http://gousabid.com. Twelve other nations are bidding to host at least one of the tournaments and if we're going to win the honor of hosting the FIFA World Cupâ„¢, it'll be because of the overwhelming grassroots support of soccer fans who believe in our bid's official theme, The Game Is In US. Please take a moment to sign the petition to officially show your support for the US bid to bring the World Cupâ„¢ back to America.
IN FOCUS: TURKEY
TURKEY FACT FILE
TÃ¼rkiye Futbol Federasyonu (TFF)
Founded: 1923 (Joined FIFA in 1923)
Head Coach: Guus Hiddink
Current FIFA Ranking: 29
Best World Cup Finish: Third Place (2002)
Best European Championship Finish: Semifinals (2008)
Caps Leader: Rustu Recber (119)
Top Scorer: Hakan SÃ¼kÃ¼r (51)
Key Players: Emre Belozoglu, Hamit Altintop, Nihat Kahveci
UP AND DOWN: Turkey has been about as up and down as you could be in the past decade. Consider the past three major tournaments they have taken part in: 2002 FIFA World Cup, a third place finish; 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, again third place; Euro 2008, semifinalists. It is an excellent major tournament record by any standard and Turkey always seem to be a threat when competing on a continental or world stage. Getting to those tournaments, however, has proven to be a problem and the team missed out on its second consecutive World Cup after it failed to finish above Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina during UEFA qualifying. That brought an end to the reign of Fatih Terim, with Guus Hiddink being brought in as his replacement.
GAINING EXPERIENCE:Â Guus HiddinkÂ has brought a massive squad to the USA as he looks to help the team gain experience prior to the beginning of Euro 2012 qualifying in the fall. While many of the players in the U.S. are inexperienced and young, the core of the Turkey team is well-seasoned in international soccer. The team is captained by midfielder Emre Belozoglu, who was a brief teammate of Oguchi Onyewu during Gooch's loan period at Newcastle United. Versatile midfielder Hamit Altintop recently started in the Champions League final for Bayern Munich, while his twin brother Halil is a teammate of Ricardo Clark's at Eintract Frankfurt. There is experience leading the frontline for Turkey as well, with Nihat Kahveci and Tuncay Sanli both well over a half-century of caps.
TURKEY ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahce), 12-Onur Recep Kivrak (Trabzonspor), 23-Sinan Bolat (Standard Liege)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Emre Asik (Galatasaray), 4-Gokhan Zan (Galatasaray), 13-Caglar Birinci (Denizlispor), 19-Ibrahim Toraman (Besiktas), 22-Selcuk Sahin (Fenerbahce), 24-Emre Gungor (Kayserispor), 31-Ismail Koybasi (Besiktas), 33-Servet Cetin (Galatasaray),
MIDFIELDERS (14): 3-Caner Erkin (Galatasaray), 5-Emre Belozoglu (Fenerbahce), 6-Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), 7-Okan Buruk (Buyuksehir), 11-Volkan Sen (Bursaspor), 15-Mehmet Topal (Valencia), 17-Selcuk Inan (Trabzonspor), 20-Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund), 24-Necip Uysal (Besiktas), 25-Sabri Sariogulu (Galtasaray), 26-Ceyhun Gulselam (Trabzonspor), 27-Sezer Ozturk (Eskisehirspor), 28-Ozan Ipek (Bursaspor), Mehmet Topuz (Galatasaray),
FORWARDS (7): 8-Nihat Kahveci (Besiktas), 9-Semih Senturk (Fenerbahce), 10-Tuncay Salil (Stoke City), 16-Sercan Yildrim (Bursaspor), 18-Colin Kazim-Richards (Toulose), 21-Halil Altintop (Eintracht Frankfurt), 30-Turgay Bahadir (Bursaspor),
On the field for USA
May 25, 2010 â€“ Rentschler Field; New Britain, Conn. â€“ International Friendly
USAÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2Â Â Maurice Edu 19, Herculez Gomez 65
Czech RepublicÂ Â Â 4Â Â Tomas Sivok 44, Jan Polak 58, Martin Fenin 78, Tomas Necid 90+2
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu (28-Alejandro Bedoya, 65), 21-Clarence Goodson, 12-Jonathan Bornstein (20-Heath Pearce, 46); 22-Stuart Holden, 26-JosÃ© Torres (14-Sacha Kljestan, 46), 19-Maurice Edu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (25-Robbie Rogers, 46); 9-Eddie Johnson (11-Brian Ching, 46), 29-Edson Buddle (30-Herculez Gomez, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 13-Ricardo Clark, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Chad Marshall, 27-Robbie Findley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Ondrej Kusnir, 5-Jan Rajnoch, 6- Tomas Sivok, 7-Libor Sionko (19-Jan Moravek, 85), 8-Jan Polak (12-Mario Holek, 90), 11-Daniel Pudil, 13-Jaroslav Plasil (18-David Limbersky, 91), 17-Tomas HÃ¼bschman, 15-Martin Fenin (4-Milan Cerny, 78), 20-David Lafata (9-Tomas Necid, 67)
Subs not used: 10-Tomas Pekhart, 14-Rudolf Skacel, 16-Michal Danek, 21-Jaroslav Cerny, 23-Jan Lastuvka
Head Coach: Michal Bilek
On the field for Turkey
May 26, 2010 â€“ Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J. â€“ International Friendly
TurkeyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2Â Â Â Â Â Sercan Yildrim 47, Semih Senturk 71
Northern IrelandÂ Â Â 0Â
TUR: Onur Recep Kivrak; Servet Cetin, Ä°brahim Toraman, Caner Erkin, Sabri Sariogulu, Nuri Sahin (Mehmet Topal, 46), SelÃ§uk Ä°nan (Emre Belozoglu), Ozan Ipek (Arda, 66), Colin Kazim-Richards (Semih Senturk), Tuncay Salil, Hamit Altintop (Sercan Yildrim, 46)
Head Coach: Guus Hiddink
NIR: Alan Blayney; Andrew Little, Gareth McAuley, Stephen Craigan, Ryan McGivern (Colin Coates, 76); Robert Garrett (James Lawrie, 80), Jamie Mulgrew, Corry Evans, Kevin Braniff (Rory McArdle, 61) ; Johnny Gorman (Michael Bryan, 66), Rory Patterson (Josh Magennis, 60)
Subs not used: Michael McGovern
Head Coach: Nigel Worthington
On the field vs. Turkey
June 19, 2003 â€“ Stade Geoffroy-Guichard; St. Etienne, France â€“ 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, Group B
USAÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 1Â Â DaMarcus Beasley 36
TurkeyÂ Â 2Â Â Okan Yilmaz 39 (penalty kick), Tuncay Sanli 70
USA: 18-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk (capt.), 3-Gregg Berhalter (20-Taylor Twellman, 79), 5-Greg Vanney, 7-Eddie Lewis (8-Earnie Stewart, 72); 14-Chris Armas, 15-Bobby Convey, 16-Danny Califf, 17-DaMarcus Beasley
Subs not used: 1-Joe Cannon, 19-Marcus Hahnemann, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 6-Steve Cherundolo, 12-Carlos Bocanegra, 13-Kyle Martino, 21-Jeff Cunningham, 22-Chris Klein, 23-Cory Gibbs
Manager: Bruce Arena
TUR: 12-Omer Catkic; 2-Fatih Sonkaya, 3-Bulent Korkmaz (capt.), 5-Alpay Ozalan, 8-Volkan Arslan, 9-Tuncay Sanli (21-Ibrahim Toraman, 80), 13-Ahmet Yildirim (6-Ergun Penbe, 42), 15-Ibrahim Uzulmez, 16-Okan Yilmaz (18-Huseyin Kartal, 90+2), 20-Selcuk Sahin, 22-Gokdeniz Karadeniz
Subs not used: 1-Rustu Recber, 23-Murat Sahin, 4-Fatih Akyel, 7-Serkan Balci, 10-Yildiray Basturk, 11-Nihat Kahveci, 14-Deniz Baris, 17-Servet Cetin, 19-Necati Ates
Head Coach: Senol Gunes