Player Ratings: USA 2-1 Turkey

The United States, powered by four halftime substitutions, bounced back to claim a 2-1 win over the Turks.
United States

Tim Howard - 6
Tipped a few shots wide, including one deceptive free kick, to make sure he didn't concede more than the one.

Jonathan Spector - 3
Clearly no match for the change of pace and trickery of Turan. Spector got himself skinned several times over the course of the first half and committed the turnover which led to the opening goal. Hauled off at the half.

Jay DeMerit - 4
Looked nervy and sluggish. Turan's pace exposed him badly on the goal.

Clarence Goodson - 6
Made no glaring mistakes. Probably came off at halftime so that Bob Bradley could pair Onyewu with DeMerit, his likely starting centerback duo.

Carlos Bocanegra - 6
Competitive minutes and avoiding injury were the important parts for the U.S. captain, still recovering from surgery. With a quietly assured performance, the game has to be considered a success for Bocanegra.

Landon Donovan - 8
Created both U.S. goals with a pair of fine assists.

Michael Bradley - 6
Bright and energetic in the middle. His run deep into the Turkey box and pullback for Dempsey late on showed impressive stamina.

Ricardo Clark - 4.5
Turkey's counterattacks easily bypassed Clark and found room to run at the American defenders. A tad clumsy in possession, Clark at least added some energy to the midfield. Came off at the half for the more possession-oriented Torres.

Benny Feilhaber - 5
Some quick feet and steady passing emerged early, but Feilhaber faded into anonymity as the first half progressed. Made way for Findley at halftime as the United States sought an equalizer.

Clint Dempsey - 6
Severely off-pace, a series of heavy touches, and a goal. Despite not getting himself involved at all before that point, Dempsey scored a bullish goal midway through the second half. He let Donovan's pass bounce off him, rode a challenge, and poked the ball home persistently. Clipped the post with another good chance later.

Jozy Altidore - 6
Swept home the equalizing goal emphatically, but struggled to make an impact in the game before that. He did have one positive play when he beat his man and laid the ball across the face of goal, but the outstretched Dempsey couldn't reach it.

Substitutes

Robbie Findley - 7
Opened up the game in the second half with his pace. His delicately chipped ball to Donovan for the first goal was exceptional.

Jose Torres - 7
Settled down the midfield with assured possession and slick passing. Helped turn the midfield tide.

Oguchi Onyewu - 6
Never got exposed like he did against the Czechs, and looked to be moving easier.

Steve Cherundolo - 6
Donned the captain's armband when Bocanegra went off. Typically solid display.

Jonathan Bornstein - N/A

Stuart Holden - N/A




Turkey

Volkan Demirel - 5
Hardly had anything to do. The USA never tested him with teasing crosses or long distance shots.

Sabri Sarioglu - 5
Not his usual offensive influence. Spent the game pinned back and misjudged his tackle on Dempsey's goal.

Servet Cetin - 7
A beast of a physical specimen, even Altidore struggled against the imposing Cetin. He's not called "a man who could choke a bear" for nothing.

Gokhan Zan - 4
Lost Donovan on the first goal and picked up a yellow for needlessly hauling down Findley in the 90th minute.

Caglar Birinci - 5
Had a quiet game, hardly ever venturing forward.

Hamit Altintop - 5
Highly influential in the early going, but faded drastically. Perhaps the grueling European season took its toll. Was essentially a non-influence by the time he left the match.

Belozoglu Emre - 6
The Turkish captain set the tone early with quick passing deep in the midfield.

Selcuk Inan – 5
Didn't make a show of himself, but managed to clog the midfield areas well, linking with his teammates well to swell the middle of the pitch. Made way early in the second half for Topal.

Arda Turan - 7
Not as lively as against the Czech a week ago, but Turan still made his mark. His pace on the counterattack ripped the U.S. backline, especially Spector, to shreds in the first half. Sacrificed his body to score the game's opening goal.

Tuncay Sanli - 6
Another one whose influence waned. He dominated the first quarter the match, dropping into the pocket between the U.S. defense and midfield lines, and threatened with sprightly play. But then as the first half progressed, he disappeared from the game.

Colin Kazim-Richards - 7
His play for the first goal was exceptional. He held onto the ball despite intense pressure, backtracking into his own half. Wiggling free, he played a slicing 30-yard slant ball which put Turan through on goal. That selflessness, combined with his pace, made the Turkish tactical strategy work in the first half.

Substitutes

Memet Topal - 5
Picked up a yellow card within minutes of entering the fray.

Sercan Yildrim - N/A
Burned Bornstein and played a dangerous ball across the face of goal in his limited minutes.

Semih Senturk - N/A

Nihat Kahveci – N/A

Ozan Ipek - N/A


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