Clint Dempsey will start today and he practiced in full during the last training session. That means that Sunday's match against Turkey (38th by SPI, 39th by FIFA) will be more accurate preparation for the World Cup than the win over the Land of Fire last week. ESPN2 and Univision are carrying the match so you can pick your play-by-play poison.
Turkey's national team is almost entirely based in the Turkish SuperLig with five players plying their trade elsewhere. Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmand, Bayern Leverkusen, Hamburg and Saint Etienne are the non-Turkish clubs represented. You may remember them as a strong national squad due to their successes in the first decade of the 21st century when they finished third in the World Cup, Confederations Cup and made the semifinals of the Euros.
Now they are just on the fringe of being World Cup quality. The Turks beat Honduras 2-nil earlier this week. They missed their trip to Brazil by a single win. Their 5-1-4 +7 record in UEFA qualifying group play was only good for fourth.
Jurgen Klinsmann will get a better test of the strength of the United States. His lineups look fairly certain, but seeing them actually perform as he has designed will be key. The not-quite-a-diamond being run out there needs stronger performances from Michael Bradley and the forwards if the offense is going to net some goals. The American defense shouldn't be seriously tested against Turkey.
DeAndre Yedlin should again get some sub minutes in this friendly.
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