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USA Defeats Turkey 2-1

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The United States defeated Turkey this past Sunday 2-1 inside Red Bull Arena in the second of their three game run-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil later this month.  While the US could have played a more tidy game, a couple of stars shone through with key plays.  Twenty-six year old defender Fabian Johnson nailed home his first international goal off a gem of a short-lob from Michael Bradley.  The United States will finish off this series against Nigeria June 7th in Jacksonville, Florida before hitting Estadio das Dunas against Ghana in the first round of the World Cup.

US Men's National Team Practice

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The boys in red, white, and blue ran through the paces today in front of an open public crowd at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  A few thousand fans came out to cheer on the US Men's National Team before their friendly tomorrow against Turkey as a warm-up send-off to the 2014 World Cup this month in Brazil.  This stayed fairly light, with the exception of Clint Dempsey staying down after a hard tackle.  Helped back on his feet after a few seconds on the ground grabbing his leg, he limped back into the scrimmage and didn't seem too worse for wear.  Looking forward to see how the friendly goes tomorrow.  Fun to think these guys are going to be on the big stage in only two short weeks.