'Hero': Matt Turner's USMNT performance attracts mixed reviews
Matt Turner was labelled the hero by one outlet, while also being given a 4.5/10 rating by another following the Arsenal goalkeeper’s performance for the USMNT in their draw with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
The Americans go into the World Cup still searching for some kind of form. Of course, they feature in a group which includes England, Wales and Iran.
The US boast plenty of Premier League experience. And they certainly have the quality to make an impact in Qatar later this year. However, they are going to need to step up if they want to stand a chance of getting out of the group.
Their latest result proved to be a goalless draw with Saudi Arabia, who will also be at the World Cup.
There is not a lot for supporters to be positive right now. And that may be why there was a range of reviews following Turner’s display.
The Arsenal goalkeeper kept his spot for the stalemate. And he has been lauded by SBI Soccer, with the outlet describing him as the ‘hero’ for two key saves.
NBC gave him a score of 6.5/10, but they warned that his distribution may not be good enough to earn him the number one spot for the World Cup.
“A good if not great shot stopper, his footwork might be what costs him a starting spot to Zach Steffen,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, MLS Soccer only handed him a 4.5/10 rating. And they also picked up on his struggles with his feet.
“The former New England Revolution goalkeeper turned over possession really sloppily early in the second half, but otherwise was solid. He wasn’t called into action often, but was reliable when he needed to be,” was their reaction.
Turner’s USMNT performance receives mixed reviews
Turner is still unproven for the Gunners. He had a mixed start in pre-season. And he has big shoes to fill, having come in in the same window in which Bernd Leno left the club.
The reactions to his display for his country may not please Arsenal fans. But of course, it was not too long ago that supporters were extremely concerned about their pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale.
Ultimately, that deal proved to be a masterstroke. So fans may not read too much into the reaction to Turner’s performance on Tuesday.
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