In the second of three Send-off Series matches, the United States defeated a solid Turkey side 2-1.

The first goal came from rising star Fabian Johnson, who roamed forward from right back and finished a Michael Bradley return pass into the left bottom corner.

As the game progressed, the US were under duress from a potent Turkey frontline. The Turks presented the US with a simulation for what Ghana, Portugal, and Germany will offer: players with pace and skill who will lose defenders with winding runs. Had the Turks possessed the finishing these teams do, the scoreline may have been different.

Notable changes in the second half included DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green, both of whom took time to settle. After a few minutes, the pair made a few key plays. Green nearly won a penalty in similar fashion to his close call against Mexico; however, the referee denied his claim, and Green was left with nothing to show for his efforts.

Clint Dempsey scored a gift goal in the second half, and the Turks finished a penalty to reach a 2-1 scoreline. The US plays Nigeria Saturday, then flies toBrazil Sunday where they play a closed-door friendly with Belgium. Then, the long-awaited action begins. Stay tuned.

Photo: Gazette.com

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