Fabian Johnson (#23) strikes the first goal of the game in the United States' 2-1 win over Turkey on June 1, 2014, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo: John Todd/isiphotos.com)
HARRISON, N.J. – The United States recorded its second win in as many World Cup warm-up matches, defeating Turkey 2-1 on Sunday in front of a Red Bull Arena-record crowd of 26,672.
A spectacular first-half goal from Fabian Johnson and the simplest of tap-ins shortly after the break by Clint Dempsey staked the Americans to a two-goal lead, before Selcuk Inan converted a penalty kick near the end of normal time.
The U.S., coming off a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Tuesday, posted a second win in four all-time meetings against Turkey, which did not qualify for Brazil 2014.
Shortly after Turkish defender Ozan Tufan cleared his shot off the line, Michael Bradley set-up the game’s first goal in the 26th minute.
Into the right side of the box, the Toronto FC midfielder gently scooped the ball with which racing right-back Johnson connected using the outside of his left foot and first-timed superbly past goalkeeper Onur Kivrak for a 1-0 advantage.
In the 37th minute, a frantic scene saw two Americans on the ground. Before Jozy Altidore was taken down in the midfield, he poked the ball forward, releasing Dempsey on a sprint towards the Turkish net. The Seattle Sounders star appeared to be fouled in the box, but he hopped up and had a point-blank shot saved by Kivrak, who was literally on top of the play.
The U.S. doubled the lead in the 52nd minute, when a seemingly harmless cross from the left by Tim Chandler was misplayed by defender Hakan Kadir Balta in front of the goal. Dempsey was there to prod it home underneath a diving Kivrak for a 2-0 American advantage.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan – a half-time substitute for Tim Howard -- was sharp, making a spectacular kick save on an onrushing Gokhan Gonul at the hour mark.
Turkey pulled a goal back in the 90th minute, as Inan found the back of the net with a kick from the spot after U.S. defender Geoff Cameron handled the ball in the penalty area.
The current CONCACAF Gold Cup champion concludes its three-game Send-Off Series against Nigeria on June 7, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
NOTES: Clint Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in 10 consecutive years. The only other U.S. players to accomplish the same feat are Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda, who scored a goal in 11 consecutive years.