Soccer Picks: USA vs. Turkey Intl. Friendly

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 29, 2014 3:37 PM GMT

The first warmup friendly for the United States wasn't the prettiest of occasions, but they got the job done in the end. It's going to be a heck of a lot tougher against a much more talented team in Turkey this Sunday. How are the soccer odds shaping up?


Odds Overview
The match will take place in Red Bull Arena, meaning the United States will once again have a lot of support behind them. The Americans are in the +130 to +150 area to win at the top sportsbooks, with a Turkey win priced at just above +200 and a draw at +220 or so.


USA
With the World Cup fast approaching, the Americans need to fine tune their play and get into a better rhythm if they want any chance of getting out of the Group of Death.

Their first warmup friendly, at home against Azerbaijan, didn't do much to inspire confidence. It took 75 minutes for the USA to finally get on the score-sheet, and it's not like they had deserved to go ahead earlier. Jurgen Klinsmann's side looked disjointed throughout.

Making matters even more complicated, the goals in the 2-0 victory were scored by Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson, two second-half substitutes.

Chris Wondolowski had missed a few chances he should have converted before getting substituted off, while Jozy Altidore, in what was the perfect opportunity to get a goal or two, and improve his confidence, couldn't find the back of the net either. The substitutes had to save the day.

As for captain Clint Dempsey, he was pulled from the starting XI right before kickoff due to an injury concern, so it'll be interesting to see whether he suits up this weekend. There's no doubt the Americans could benefit from his presence on the pitch.


Turkey
After missing out on World Cup qualification, the Turks will instead have to bide their time, and wait patiently for the start of European Championship qualifying, which begins in September. Right now Turkey can be found at #38 in the FIFA rankings, having risen four places since the last update

The Turks have been able to get in some competitive action lately, as they've already faced off against Ireland, and will then play Honduras on Thursday night before taking on the Americans at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Against Ireland, Ahmet Ilhan Ozek and Tarik Camdal scored the goals, with Camdal's 75th-minute header proving to be the difference. It was a hard-nosed performance from Turkey in Dublin.

Honduras is sure to be another tough test, despite the fact that the match will take place at a relatively neutral site in Washington DC. There's sure to be a heavy contingent of Hondurans in attendance. You have to think that the ultimate challenge for the Turks will come against the much talked about Americans this weekend, however.

The USA team will be happy that they likely don't have to deal with Atletico Madrid midfielder and Turkey captain Arda Turan, who's with the squad, but dealing with a hamstring problem. However, Klinsmann will still need to prepare for the likes of Burak Yilmaz, Nuri Sahin and Mevlut Erding, all of whom could feature on Sunday.


Soccer Pick
Turkey may not have a tournament to prepare for like the Americans do, but that doesn't mean we should write them off in this soccer betting clash.

Truth is, this is a talented Turkish side, and they should be relishing the chance to go up against the USA on their home soil. We weren't impressed at all with what we saw out of Klinsmann's side against Azerbaijan, and the Americans will have to be much improved if they want even a draw this weekend.

There's still a lot of work to do for the USA, and right now we can't rightfully place our faith in them, not until the kinks are worked out. We think Turkey is worth a look with your soccer picks at the underdog price.

My Free Soccer Pick: USA 1 Turkey 2