American goalkeeper Matt Turner is making USMNT fans proud with yesterday’s Europa League win over FC Zurich.
Though Turner looked shaky in his first start for the Premier League-leading Arsenal Gunners, he settled in the second half after getting scored on by a late first-half penalty.
Turner’s nervousness was apparent early in the game as the goalkeeper made poor passes and questionable decisions while building out of the back.
As Matty settled between the sticks, his hands and feet hardened into diamonds. Out of Zurich’s four shots on target, only their penalty was able to beat the American.
Turner’s length, instincts, and athleticism are his biggest strengths. If he wants to compete with Arsenal GK Aaron Ramsdale for the top spot, he’ll need to improve his passing, team play, and confidence.
Matt’s playing time is welcome news for USMNT fans who want to see the keeper get plenty of minutes against top quality before November when the US kicks off their World Cup campaign.
If Turner can continue to build off his second-half Europa League performance, he will be a top keeper in Europe for years to come.
Check out some of his highlights with a weird voice-over analysis here.
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