ST. ETIENNE, France (Thursday, June 19, 2003) - The U.S. Men's National Team fell to Turkey, 2-1, today in their 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup opener in front of 16,944 fans at Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in Saint Etienne, France.
"Over 90 minutes, they positioned themselves better and won a number of second balls," said Bruce Arena, whose record in 2003 drops to 5-2-1. "They were more of the dominant team for 90 minutes, and they deserved to win. We did not play well today. We need to regroup and get ready for Brazil."
The U.S. grabbed a short-lived 1-0 lead when midfielder DaMarcus Beasley headed home a perfect cross from the left flank from Landon Donovan in the 36th minute, but Turkey equlized just three minutes on a penalty kick. Despite what appeared to be a handball by Turkey forward Tuncay Sanli, play went on and he was brought down in the box by U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk, who wore the captain's armband for the first time in his MNT career.
After Donovan was issued a yellow card caution in the 39th minute for arguing the call, forward Okan Yilmaz stepped up to drill the resulting PK past goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was starting in his first major competition at the senior level and was named Chevrolet Man of the Match for his six-save performance.
Turkey broke open an even second half in the 70th minute when Tuncay Sanli, making his debut with the Turkish Men's National Team, worked a counter-attack combination with midfielder Volkan Arslan that ended with him dribbling sharply around Howard and converting from a difficult angle.
Having substituted forward Clint Mathis for Jovan Kirovski in the 59th minute, Arena brought in even more offense with his final two subs as the U.S. pushed for the equalizer. A ragged Eddie Lewis was replaced by Earnie Stewart in 72nd minute, and forward Taylor Twellman came on for defender Gregg Berhalter in the 79th minute, but the U.S. could not even the score despite creating several good scoring chances and owning much of the possession as Turkey bunkered in defensively.
Fans can watch the match tonight via Same Day Delay broadcast on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT, followed by Brazil-Cameroon at 9 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT.
The loss marked the first time that a UEFA team defeated a CONCACAF team in the history of the bi-annual competition, which dates back to 1997.
Following today's loss, the U.S. will face Brazil on Saturday (June 21) live on TeleFutura at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. Meanwhile, Turkey faces Cameroon in their next encounter. The U.S. finishes group play against African power Cameroon on Monday (June 23) in a match that will be broadcast later that night on Galavision at 9 p.m. ET. Both games will be played in Lyon. All U.S. matches will be available live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.
In Group A action yesterday, tournament host France needed a penalty kick goal from Thierry Henry to get by Colombia 1-0 in Lyon, while Japan got two goals from Shunsuke Nakamura and easily handled New Zealand, 3-0, in Paris. Group A action continues tomorrow with Colombia-New Zealand at 7 p.m. ET/PT (Galavision) in Lyon and France-Japan at 9 p.m. ET/PT in St. Etienne.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Participants: United States Men's National Team vs. Turkey
Competition: 2003 Confederations Cup – Group B Opening Round
Venue: Geoffroy Guichard Stadium – Saint Etienne, France
Date: June 19, 2003 – 7 p.m. (local) / 1 p.m. ET
Weather: 78 degrees; sunny, warm
1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
Turkey 1 1 2
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (Landon Donovan) 36th minute.
TUR – Okan Yilmaz (penalty kick) 39.
TUR – Tuncay Sanli (Volkan Arslan) 70.
USA: 18-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk (Capt.), 3-Gregg Berhalter (20-Taylor Twellman, 79), 16-Dan Califf, 4-Greg Vanney; 7-Eddie Lewis (8-Earnie Stewart, 72), 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 14-Chris Armas, 15-Bobby Convey; 10-Landon Donovan, 9-Jovan Kirovski (11-Clint Mathis, 59).
Subs Not Used: 1-Joe Cannon, 19-Marcus Hahnemann; 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 12-Carlos Bocanegra, 13-Kyle Martino, 21-Jeff Cunningham, 22-Chris Klein, 23-Cory Gibbs.
TUR: 12-Omer Catkic; 2-Fatih Sonkaya, 5-Alpay Ozalan, 3-Bulent Korkmaz (Capt.), 15-Ibrahim Uzulmez; 13-Ahmet Yildirim (6-Ergun Penbe, 42), 8-Volkan Arslan, 22-Gokdeniz Karadeniz, 20-Selcuk Sahin; 9-Tuncay Sanli (21-Ibrahim Toraman, 80), 16-Okan Yilmaz (Huseyin Kartal, 92+).
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.
Statistical Summary: USA TUR
Shots 9 9
Saves 6 4
Corner Kicks 6 2
Fouls 15 17
Offside 2 6
USA – Gregg Berhalter (caution) 22nd minute.
USA – Landon Donovan (caution) 39.
USA – Danny Califf (caution) 42.
USA – Greg Vanney (caution) 55.
TUR – Ibrahim Uzulmez (caution) 67.
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Assistant Referee #1: Fernando Cresci Fripp (Uruguay)
Assistant Referee #2: Walt Rial Hernandez (Uruguay)
Fourth Official: Masoud Moradi (Uruguay)
Chevrolet Man of Match: Tim Howard