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Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Turner, Cohen, and more

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Matt Turner’s role as Arsenal’s starting goalkeeper in UEFA Europa League action continued Thursday with the American registering his second-consecutive clean sheet over the past two weeks.

Turner made one save in Arsenal’s 1-0 road victory over Bodo/Glimt, earning his third victory as an Arsenal player. The U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper also completed 11 long passes, 23 total passes, and made five sweeper moves, helping the Gunners remain perfect in the group stage. Turner’s biggest moment came in the 52nd minute as the 28-year-old as he dove to his left and palmed away Amahl Pellegrino’s shot on a breakaway. His latest strong performance garnered praise from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after the Gunners moved to 3-0-0 in the competition.

“He’s improving, he’s getting better, we are demanding things that are different to what other managers have demanded him to do,” Arteta said. “He was much better in the first half than the second half.

“In my opinion we can have more control, he was phenomenal in goal, the way he reads the situation, especially the defending the back of the central defenders, when he needs to control the space there, the way he set himself in the one on one situation he had, was really good,” Arteta added.

Arsenal will visit Leeds United in Premier League action on Sunday before hosting PSV in a rescheduled Europa League match on October 20.

Also in Europe, Josh Cohen posted a five-save shutout for Maccabi Haifa in a 2-0 win over Juventus. Weston McKennie played 45 minutes from the start for Juventus. Cameron Carter-Vickers logged 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss for Celtic at RB Leipzig.

In Scotland, Ian Harkes helped close out Dundee United’s 1-0 win over Hibernian.

In Argentina, Alan Sonora played 90 minutes in Independiente’s 2-2 draw with Barracas Central.

Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad action:


Europe


Champions League

Josh Cohen started, made FIVE SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 2-0 win over Juventus on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie started and played 45 minutes for Juventus.

Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

Sergino Dest came off the bench and played 53 minutes in AC Milan’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Tuesday.

Christian Pulisic dressed but did not play for Chelsea.

Gio Reyna came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Tuesday.

John Brooks dressed but did not play in Benfica’s 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Malik Tillman, James Sands dressed but did not play in Rangers 7-1 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday.

Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-2 loss to Tottenham on Wednesday.

Owen Otasowie did not dress in Club Brugge’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Europa League

Matt Turner started, made ONE SAVE, and played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Jordan Pefok started and played 67 minutes in Union Berlin’s 1-0 win over Malmo on Thursday.

Romain Gall dressed but did not play for Malmo.

Mix Diskerud came off the bench and played five minutes in Omonia Nicosia’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Thursday.

Henry Wingo did not dress in Ferencvaros 2-1 win over Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

Richie Ledezma came off the bench and played 45 minutes in PSV’s 5-0 win over FC Zurich on Thursday.


Spain


Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua did not dress in Tenerife’s 0-0 draw with Cartagena on Wednesday.


Scotland


Premiership

Ian Harkes came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Dundee United’s 1-0 win over Hibernian on Tuesday.


Argentina


Liga Profesional

Alan Sonora started and played 90 minutes in Independiente’s 2-2 draw with Barracas Central on Wednesday.


Comments

  1. Man! Sort of let down, earlier in the summer Owen Otasowie was coming back playing CB getting a chance under new coach, now he is not dressing smh. I don’t know if its his attitude, would rather model, or what but I hope he can turn it around for 2026 and make the team hopefully.

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    • yeah, A lot of people are wondering where it all went wrong with Otasowie smh. He was getting minutes as you said in preseason and at the start of the Belgian League season and now nada. You mentioned some of the possible culprits for not playing and now not even dressing, it’s probably a little bit of each one, and if that’s the case he’ll have a long road back to respectability

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      • “A lot of people are wondering where it all went wrong with Otasowie smh”
        “he’ll have a long road back to respectability”

        What do you mean “it all went wrong”? When was he “respectable”? He has as many caps as Gale Agbossoumonde.

        He’s been a senior team pro since 2019 with Wolves. Since then he’s played a total of about 14 first team games. He’s been injured a bit. Wolves never seemed sure of where to play him. And it doesn’t look like he’s settling in Belgium. This upcoming January he’ll be 22.

        Talking about an Owen comeback is way premature. He hasn’t really started his career yet. Talking about him as a prospect for 2026 is way, way jumping the gun.

        He looks great without his shirt on though and certainly may be the most ripped player in the USMNT player pool.

    • He’s hurt, ankle injury. He very well could have been beaten out as well but that’s why he’s not even dressing. He got minutes early because one guy got sold and another guy had disciplinary issues. It’s too bad because Brugge has a ton of injury issues so he might have gotten more minutes.

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