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Another solid outing for Brad Davis as US defeats Turkey

Brad Davis continued to make his case to start in Brazil

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After an outstanding game against Azerbaijan as a second half sub Brad Davis found himself starting in the midfield of Sunday's USMNT Send Off match against Turkey.

The US defense had a less than stellar first half as their communication seemed non-existent. There were massive amounts of space between the defensive back line and the midfield. Despite the defense Fabian Johnson put the US up first in the 26th minute after making a pass to Michael Bradley he got in front of the play and then chipped the ball right in after the pass back from Bradley.

The US was awarded multiple free kick outside of the box with none other than Bradley Davis stepping up to take them, but unfortunately the US was unable to come away with anything from the opportunities. Davis had a another good outting with the team taking good care of the ball when he had it at his feet.

The second half saw Brad Guzan come in for Tim Howard while Kyle Beckerman and Anthony Brooks came in for Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler.

It didn't take long into the second half for the US to find the back of the net for a second time. Timmy Chandler sent a cross through the box that Turkey failed to clear. Clint Dempsey was right there to poke it into the net. US out 2-0.

Later Brad Davis would use his hand to keep the ball in play right in front of Jurgen Klinnsman who saw it but the referee apparently did not. As play continued Davis crossed the ball to Graham Zusi but Zusi couldn't find the net. Turkey was allowed a streaking run down the left side that forced Guzan to make the stop in the 60th minute. Guzan was forced to make multiple stops throughout the second half as Turkey continued to apply pressure to the defense.

The game picked up youth in the 64th minute when Brad Davis was subbed out for Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin came on for goalscorer Fabian Johnson. Then saw Mix Diskerud come on for Graham Zusi.

As the time began to wind down Geoff Cameron committed a handball after Timmy Chandler was beaten badly by Turkey. On the ensuing penalty kick Turkey sent in a perfect ball that Guzan could do nothing to stop cutting the US lead to 2-1.

They would hold on to get the 2-1 win but many questions remain about the defense. The biggest positive may be that none of the players suffered any injuries.

The USMNT have one last send off game against Nigera in Jacksonville, FL at 1pm CT