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Matchday: USA-Turkey

Greetings from Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field for the U.S. national team's friendly against Turkey.

More than 50,000 tickets have been sold, making it the second-biggest crowd for a World Cup "send-off" match ever.

2006: 24,636 at East Hartford, 1-0 win over Latvia
2002: 36,778 at Foxborough, 2-0 loss to the Netherlands
1998: 46,037 at Washington, 0-0 draw with Scotland
1994: 91,123 at Pasadena, 1-0 win over Mexico
1990: 12,063 at Hershey, 3-1 win over Poland

Many of you have asked about giving a proper farewell to the team at Washington Dulles Airport on Sunday. Here's the deal: There are no formal plans set by the USSF because of airport logistics, but the delegation is flying commercial to Johannesburg and must pass through the main terminal en route to the departure gate. So if you were to circulate mid- to late afternoon, you might run into them.

Expect a full, or nearly full, strength lineup by the USA, which needs to begin rebuilding chemistry among the regulars. After today's match, the Americans will face Australia next Saturday in Roodesport, South Africa, in their final tuneup before the Group C opener against England.

Kickoff: 2:03 p.m.
TV: ESPN2, Galavision.

USA lineup and subs later. (All 23 players are in uniform.)
UPDATE: Howard; Spector, DeMerit, Goodson, Bocanegra; Feilhaber, Clark, Bradley, Donovan; Dempsey, Altidore.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are warmly welcome.

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. national team, World Cup  
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Comments

It's gorgeous in Philly. Go USA!

Posted by: CYork1 | May 29, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Excited to see Donovan and Dempsey together again for the first time since September(!)

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Jack Bauer and his handpicked CTU strike force will oversee security in South Africa. Curfew violations are not an option!

Posted by: dcarmy | May 29, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't be too hard to track down flight info from Goff's clues if anyone's so inclined. I'll let someone else post the details b/c I don't want to hear that some wacko does something criminal at the airport and have that hanging over my head.

Feilhaber starting and the outside back assignments are interesting. If Bradley thinks there's a chance Boca has to start in the middle with DeMereit, I'd expect him to take a look at Spector on the left at some point. I thought his comments a couple weeks ago sounded as though it was in his head.

How many subs permitted?

Posted by: benonthehill | May 29, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why we kept four strikers on the roster if Dempsey is our first choice there.

Posted by: bkbsmith | May 29, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

i'd rather see Donovan on the left - he should always start at left MF w/the national team - he has proven that is his best position w/us - and probably Holden on the right - but otherwise lineup looks pretty good

Posted by: PVGtownAz | May 29, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

USA!
USA!
USA!
USA!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Harkes needs to read Steve blog about send offs.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 29, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

wow. this looks BAD. Could easily be down 2 or 3 already.

Posted by: fedssocr | May 29, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Just once during Bradley's reign, I'd like to see the US take a short goal kick.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

well that sucked...if spector, or any defender, get that far forward they have to shoot or pass the ball, not get disposessed and countered. Bad goal to give away this close to the world cup.

Posted by: jjfooty | May 29, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

OK I like Spector but he's lookin' a bit slow on the right today.

Posted by: soccerman | May 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

That was a mistake for Spector and he's not offering many solutions in the back. But the goal was on DeMerit and possibly Howard for not organizing his defense.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

AARRRGGGGHHHH!!!

Nice move by Jozy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 29, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Clark - out. Edu - in.
Feilhaber - out. Holden - in.
Spector - out. ??? - in.

We're going to get torched on the right side (well, opposing teams' left side). And Bradley has looked pretty poor today.

Nice move by Altidore just now though!

Posted by: combedge | May 29, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, atleast Bob chose not to unveil his "full-strength" starting lineup today. Woundn't want to show your hand to the brits...(dear bopper, wake up...this is your starting lineup. Well, minus Gooch and he's in top match fit form)

USA USA - woo woo...

John Harkes is very, really, extremely boring as a color guy. Where is Andy Gray espn???

Posted by: boricuabopper | May 29, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What is going on? We need to pick it up.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | May 29, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Clark - out. Edu - in.
Feilhaber - out. Holden - in.
Spector - out. Dolo in.

agreed.

The whole team has been sloppy and uninspired with the passes and runs off the ball (or lack thereof). Maybe if Edu and Holden can help hold the midfield, the mids will loosen up some.

Posted by: eadc | May 29, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The goal's at least partially on Spector for trying to dribble through two defenders at the top of the box. He's got to pass or shoot earlier there.

Donovan's having trouble finding the game, and Dempsey's just looking outright bad.

Altidore's gotten pushed off the ball a little too easily, but otherwise has had the most encouraging performance so far.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong on DeMerit. He was the only defender in position, and he had a man to mark in the center of the field. Goodson and Clark also got caught way too high. Clark was actually running ahead of Spector in the Turkish penalty area.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 29, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

USA's the much better team when they're patient and keep their heads UP when on the ball. Frustrating because Turkey's not defending or tackling very well, just too many needless giveaways by USA.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Completely disagree with Lalas' commentary regarding Jozy and Dempsey. Dempsey is in a funk, Jozy's doing his job, just hasn't had service. The players are all passing to Dempsey, who is simply not himself.

Also want to see the old Clark Bradley pair broken up. They should only be playing together when we've got a lead and are in full bunker mode. Has anyone else noticed that they both keep trying to do the same job, they never work off or cover each other?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful passing. Just beautiful.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 29, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Who are you and what have you done with Robbie Findley?

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein's in. Game over.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - Bornstein comes in and immediately gets burned twice for two near goals. He has no business seeing the field in South Africa...

Posted by: combedge | May 29, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Torres, Cherundolo and Findley helped themselves more than anyone else today.

As for who's hurt themselves . . . I think we're seeing that the conversation shouldn't have been Ching vs. Findley but Ching vs. Bornstein. At this point I'd rather see Findley at LB than Bornstein. Sheesh.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

who's questioning the decision to bring in Findley now? Goff: want to repost that poll?

Posted by: nairbsod | May 29, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Holden helped himself too on the leading pass to Bradley.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 29, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Torres +++
Findley ++

Bornstein -----

Posted by: soccerman | May 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

That was the best half of soccer the US has played since the Confed cup. Two goals, two hit posts, tons of possession, and only a couple of serious chances for Turkey, courtesy of Johnny B.

Cherundolo must have locked down the starting spot on the right. Torres made a strong case to start against Slovenia. Findley did some great things, but also had a couple of mental lapses, needlessly dribbling the ball over the endline twice. Jozy was solid. Gooch looked very comfortable. Spector and Clark, not so much. Dempsey played much better in the second half, but I think they'll have to give him at least another 45 minutes at forward against Australia and see how it works out.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with soccerman. I was totally surprised by Findley, and there's a reason for that. He hasn't scored for us, hasn't played well for us, not in the olympics (against younger players) for the national team, even his numbers in MLS weren't that incredible.

And no one has ever seen him chip like that.

Torres, however, is beyond refreshing. Clark shouldn't see the field, really.

Probably my greatest disappointment was Feilhaber. I was hoping he'd prove that he would be worth leaving someone like Bedoya home, but he's not good enough at any position.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice way to send off the team - a good come-back win over an opponent who clearly showed up to play. Curious that we looked better in the second half than the first. Hopefully we learn something from that. Or maybe it was just rust.

Anyway, I'm feeling a little better about how we're going to play in SA.

"Here we go, here we go, here we go!"

Posted by: wichne | May 29, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@I-270Exit1,

Agreed, though I hope Holden's already in good shape. He clearly adds more than Dempsey over the course of 89 minutes . . . but Deuce always has that golden 1.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 29, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Nice way to send off the team - a good come-back win over an opponent who clearly showed up to play. Curious that we looked better in the second half than the first. Hopefully we learn something from that. Or maybe it was just rust.

Anyway, I'm feeling a little better about how we're going to play in SA.

"Here we go, here we go, here we go!"

Posted by: wichne | May 29, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I see these as the key question marks that need to be resolved over the next two weeks:

1. Will Gooch be ready to pair with DeMerit in CD?

2. Can Torres leapfrog Clark and Edu to pair with Bradley?

3. Who's the second forward?

4. When Gooch or Demerit miss a game, as they inevitably will, is Goodson the first option, or does Bradley use Boca and put LB at risk?

5. If it's Dempsey, who's the RM? Holden, or is Bradley reserving him as an attacking spark? (I'm assuming Feilhaber hurt his chances today.)

Posted by: benonthehill | May 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately Bob won't get 6 subs in south africa to get it right. So much for all the pre-game hype that we would see as close to the starting 11 as possible before England. At least I hope that wasn't.

Posted by: JayW4 | May 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

John Harkes called Torres his man of the match, but I'd give it to Donovan. Dempsey did not look good up front, seems better suited for a midfield role. Cherundolo gets my vote for starting right back. Bornstein needs to stay on the bench. Goodson should only play if Oneywu is injured. I wouldn't start Clark or Feilhaber again. I'd rather see Beasley, Edu, Holden, or Torres. At this point, my starting 11 would include Howard, Bocanegra, Cherundolo, DeMerit, Onyewu, Beasley, Bradley, Dempsey, Donovan, and Altidore. Not sure if the US is better as a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1. Looking forward to the next friendly with the Socceroos.

Posted by: Brokenbil | May 29, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

That was the best half of soccer the US has played since the Confed cup. Two goals, two hit posts, tons of possession, and only a couple of serious chances for Turkey, courtesy of Johnny B.

Cherundolo must have locked down the starting spot on the right. Torres made a strong case to start against Slovenia. Findley did some great things, but also had a couple of mental lapses, needlessly dribbling the ball over the endline twice. Jozy was solid. Gooch looked very comfortable. Spector and Clark, not so much. Dempsey played much better in the second half, but I think they'll have to give him at least another 45 minutes at forward against Australia and see how it works out.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 29, 2010 4:08 PM

^

This.

I'd only add (or amplify) by noting the obvious: Altidore really adds a ton of quality at the forward position, which is otherwise a weakness for us. Seeing him run at defenders today, hold the ball and absorb pressure, and then finish his chances (!) was a breath of fresh air after watching our four other forwards against the Czech Republic.

Posted by: Xill | May 29, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice win. Nice 2nd Half by pretty much everyone with shouts to FINDLEY (who thought that touch was possible?), Donovan, Dolo, Torres, and, as always, Howard.

Problem is that it should have been 2 or 3-0 at the half. We sleepwalk like that in South Africa and it's going to be three and out. Terrible team defending.

Spector's run up the middle and NO ONE covers? Now, imagine Wolcott runing wild.

Posted by: delantero | May 29, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Jose Francisco Torres was the game changer. Creatively he is a very different player to the rest. He should be in the starting 11 against England.
The defense was hooooorrrrrible!

Posted by: DiegoMaradona | May 29, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

We have really good depth at midfield.

I think we're better up front than we have been in a long time. Not exactly unstoppable, but reasonable for a WC team.

Defense just doesn't have the personnel. They will struggle to keep up in a high-stakes game ... and if any of the starters come out, we will be total swiss cheese.

Posted by: garbageout | May 29, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

XIII you're definitely on target there with Altidore, but the major problem I see is getting him the service--he is not an aerial threat to win and/or hold the ball, like our forwards from the past (mcbride especially, of course). But it seems our midfield and especially defenders/goalkeepers insist on sending long ball after long ball up top. We need more and more quality ballhandlers (like Torres) with the patience to build up...

Posted by: JayW4 | May 29, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

U.
S.
A.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 29, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Baloney talkers should have come up to PHilly for the match.
It was CRUCIAL for us.
Had a blast.
US fans need to stop booing there opponents. It's classless, american football, horse puckey. Also stop booing fouls by your team when they are clearly fouls. It makes you knobs look like STUPID INFIDEL IDIOTS.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 29, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

their opponents...:)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 29, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

US fans need to stop booing there opponents.
Posted by: DadRyan
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You forget that the match was in Philadelphia, ground zero for classless fan behavior.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 30, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Good point 270. :)
It certainly didn't help that we were in the American Outlaws section. I love the US and Wu Tang as much as anyone but the whole *USA ain't nuttin' to f@ck with chant is about as corny and stupid as it gets.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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