WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP – US wins send-off, Japan scores every goal in England win, Group C News

WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP

UNITED STATES WINS SEND-OFF AGAINST TURKEY

The United States won their final World Cup tune-up on home soil Saturday, coming from behind to beat Turkey in front of 55,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Second half goals by Altidore and Dempsey put the United States on top and capped off a thrilling final 45 minutes for the US, who trailed after Arda Turan put the Turks up in the 27th minute.

Landon Donovan set up both goals in the comeback for the US who hadn’t looked in sync in the first half.

“We’re going to be as good as we want to be,” Donovan said. “And if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we can beat a lot of teams in the world.”

Clarence Goodson, who looked impressive on Tuesday against the Czech Republic, started and played the first 45 at center back for the United States before being replaced after the interval by Oguchi Onyewu. Perhaps a sign that Onweyu is not yet at full match fitness.

Onweyu, Steve Cherundolo, Robbie Findley and Jose Francisco Torres all entered at the start of the 2nd half and seemed to spark a change in the listless United States

The team left for South Africa on Sunday and will begin training ahead of their final friendly on Saturday against Australia at the Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, South Africa.

GROUP C NEWS

For two straight matches, England looked to be struggling, but came away with a win. This time it took two own goals from Japan to secure the England victory in the Group C favorites final World Cup tune-up match.  England started sluggish and were made to pay in the form of a 7th minute goal off of a corner kick by Marcus Tulio Tanaka.

England brought on 5 substitutions at the interval and dominated the second half. The first own goal was the result of a high-pressure buildup by England who, at that point, deserved to be level.

Fabio Capello will name his 23-man roster on Tuesday.

On Friday, Group C rivals Algeria was thrashed by Ireland at RDS Stadium in Dublin.

Manager Rabah Saadane sat defenders Majid Bougherra and Antar Yahia in hopes of protecting his regular starters from injury.

The result is that Ireland were able to run roughshod through the Algeria back line.

Paul Green headed home in the 31st minute and Robbie Keane scored twice in the second half to easily push aside the African team.

WORLD CUP TUNE-UP MATCHES

Friday, May 28

Ireland 3-0 Algeria

Saturday, May 29

United States 2-1 Turkey

Hungary 0-3 Germany

Slovakia 1-1 Cameroon

New Zealand 1-0 Serbia

Spain 3-2 Saudi Arabia

Chile 1-0 Northern Ireland

Sunday, May 30

Belarus 1-0 South Korea

Nigeria 1-1 Columbia

Mexico 5-1 Gambia

Paraguay 2-2 Ivory Coast

Japan 1-2 England

Tunisia 1-1 France

Chile 3-0 Israel

Monday, May 31

South Africa v Guatemala

Tuesday, June 1

Australia v Denmark

Netherlands v Ghana

Switzerland v Costa Rica

Portugal v Cameroon

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