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May 29, 2010: U.S. Men vs. Turkey

Philadelphia Shows Brotherly Love to the U.S. Men's National Team


The City of Brotherly Love has been a popular venue for the Men’s National Team in recent years, where the USA boasts a winning 2-0-1 record. As they prepare for Wednesday’s game against Mexico, ussoccer.com takes a look back at the team’s recent history to see how the U.S. has put together their unbeaten run in Philly.

July 18, 2009 vs. Panama
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
Attendance: 32,000
Result: 2-1 W (OT)

The U.S. defeated Panama in the quarterfinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in a thrilling overtime victory. The U.S. fell behind when Panama capitalized on a corner kick during injury time of the first half, but Kyle Beckerman struck back early in the second half with a rocket to the upper right corner to equalize. Fifteen minutes into overtime, Kenny Cooper was kicked in the chest and given a penalty kick. Stepping up to take his own penalty, Cooper placed the ball just past the outstretched arms of the Panamanian goalkeeper. The U.S. held on to the lead for the remainder of extra time and advanced to the semifinals.

May 29, 2010 vs. Turkey
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
Attendance: 55,407
Result: 2-1 W

In their final match before leaving for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. put together a marvelous come-from-behind win against Turkey. Turkey opened the scoring in the 27th minute, and the USA struggled to create dangerous chances in the first half. In the 58th minute, Jozy Altidore tied the game after Landon Donovan blazed into the penalty area and with the sole of his left foot, pulled off a perfect touch to round the Turkish goalkeeper before teeing up Altidore to finish into an open net. Donovan assisted on the game-winner with 15 minutes left, lifting a short pass inside the penalty area to Clint Dempsey who stuffed his shot under the ‘keeper from five yards away.

Oct. 12, 2010 vs. Colombia
Venue: PPL Park – Chester, Pa.
Attendance: 8,823
Result: 0-0

The U.S. played to a scoreless draw against Colombia to earn their second shutout in 2010 in the team’s final domestic match of the year. The match marked the first for the national team at the new PPL Park.  Brek Shea, who is on the USA’s roster for Wednesday, earned his first cap. The 20-year-old became the first player born in the 1990s to ever earn a cap for the national team. Eric Lichaj also made his debut for the United States that evening.

 

 

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