U-23 Player Rankings – United States vs. Turkey
Overall match thoughts:
Fielding far from its best under-23 squad, the United States nevertheless impressed in the first round of the Toulon invitational against Turkey. Especially if you don’t consider the dreadful first half.
Overall, the match was played at a high level for this age group, with great amounts of individual skill on the ball from both sides. Turkey, fielding its first-choice lineup, ran the U.S. ragged for long stretches with clever runs and lethal finishing. However, some prescient substitutions at halftime allowed the Americans to score twice in the second half to make a game of it, before eventually falling 3-2.
With Peter Nowak pacing the sidelines, the prize for the players is a chance to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics. Some seized the opportunity, some didn’t:
Dominic Cervi: 5
Blake Wagner: 3
Eric Brunner: 4
Julian Valentin: 5
Jonathon Leathers: 4
Greg Dalby: 5
Corey Ashe: 4
Benny Feilhaber: 3
Lee Nguyen: 3
Sammy Ochoa: 5
Gabe Ferrari: 4
Tony Beltran: 5
Brek Shea: 5
Andrew Winner is a freelance soccer writer based in Seattle, Washington. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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