The United States is set to play their second Send-Off Series match today at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, where they will square off against Turkey. The Americans won their first contest on Tuesday, when they bested Azerbaijan 2-0, but this will be a much stiffer test as they get ready for the World Cup.
Jurgen Klinsmann is sticking with the same pseudo diamond that he deployed against Azerbaijan. It will feature Jermaine Jones at the bottom of the diamond then dropping into the center of defense when the U.S. has the ball, allowing the fullbacks to get forward. Michael Bradley will be at the tip of the diamond, but whereas he was swarmed on Tuesday and struggled, he will have the help of Clint Dempsey today, who missed the last match with a groin injury.
Dempsey is one of three changes to the team today. The others are Brad Davis for Alejandro Bedoya at left midfield and Timothy Chandler for DaMarcus Beasley at left back, giving the Americans an entirely new left side.
United States: Tim Howard; Timothy Chandler, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson; Brad Davis, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi; Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore.