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Watch Fabian Johnson's Amazing Goal Against Turkey

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

This is one of the prettiest goals that US Soccer has ever produced.

The USMNT is two thirds through their Send Off Series in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup (which is less than two weeks away). Yesterday, they took care of Turkey 2-1 to make it two straight wins. There were some shaky moments for the the defense throughout and the U.S. didn't capitalize on several excellent looks, but late in the first half Fabian Johnson connected on one of the most beautiful goals that the U.S. has produced in recent memory.

After a scoring chance, forward Jozy Altidore did a great job of keeping possession near the right corner. He was able to send the ball back to Johnson, the right back, who had plenty of space to work with. After advancing the ball in towards the penalty box, he put a pass in to Michael Bradley and then took off on a run straight towards goal. After one touch, Bradley chipped a beautiful little lob towards the streaking Johnson, who placed a strike on the ball with his left foot and into the back left corner. As ESPN match commentator Ian Darke said, it was certainly one to put in the treasure trove.

Watch Fabian Johnson's Amazing Goal Against Turkey

That goal showed some of the creativity, promise and talent that this group has. But there are still a few issues heading into the opening match with Ghana on June 16. Here are some other observations from the match:

• The USMNT got quality play up front from Jozy Altidore and a healthy Clint Dempsey. Altidore failed to find the net again, but he played physically and did a good job of attacking. Demspey did his usual work and picked up the second goal of the match off a mishit from a Turkish defender. Their play up front is going to be critical when the tournament starts, and both looked to be in good form.

• The defense was less than inspiring. The diamond formation that coach Jurgen Klinsmann employed left a lot of open space in the middle that Jermaine Jones had to deal with almost on his own. While he did an admirable job, it left the rest of the defense vulnerable to late runs from the midfield. The outside backs got caught creeping in towards the middle to help out, and that led to a lot of open space out on the wings. 

The space got Turkey some incredible looks, and the United States was lucky to have a clean sheet after the first half. But that luck likely won't carry over when the U.S. faces the likes of Germany, Portugal and Ghana. The defense has to get shored up somehow.

• The reserves that played later in the game didn't show too much. 18-year-old Julian Green looked very much his age, and just looked physically overpowered. DeAndre Yedlin kept with the pace of the match, but didn't do too much either. Both players still looked a little behind, but you can tell why they are here.

The USMNT plays their final tune-up against Nigeria this Saturday in Jacksonville, and the team flies to Brazil the following day. 

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