The U.S. men’s national team stayed perfect in its World Cup tuneup games, beating a sound opponent, Turkey, by a 2-1 score Sunday behind goals from Fabian Johnson and Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey.
Dempsey’s goal was his 37th in international play and made him the third player in federation history to score in 10 consecutive years (2005-2014). Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin came on a second-half substitute to earn his fourth international appearance, half of which have come after being named to the USMNT’s final 23-man World Cup roster.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard earned his 54th win, the most in federation history, and played in his 99th international game.
The friendly was played in front of a sellout crowd of 26,762 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and the USMNT’s final sendoff game will be Saturday against Nigeria. The first was a somewhat unspectacular 2-0 win against Azerbaijan last week.
Here are the highlights from Saturday’s game, as Johnson’s goal was one of the prettiest you’ll see and Dempsey’s was one of the easiest he’s scored: