The United States Men’s National Team was in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday for a World Cup warmup “friendly” against Turkey. It was one of the team’s last games before World Cup action starts on June 12th against England. With lots of questions about the team, specifically their defense,the U.S. was looking to find some chemistry and potentially some momentum and confidence. After trailing early, the United States came back and defeated Turkey 2-1.
The United States trailed Turkey 1-0 after a first half of relatively uneven play. When the U.S. was taking care of the ball, they created opportunities. They were playing relatively wide open. Counter-attacking was the story of the half. When the U.S. drove deep into Turkey’s end, they were quickly barraged right back. This was the case unfortunately for U.S. defenseman Jonathan Spector. Spector got caught sleeping on the right side of the back line and nearly single-handedly gave up the lone goal. [Read more...]