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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Matt Turner

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The U.S. men’s national team kept the FIFA World Cup leading scorers England off the board in Friday’s Group B showdown with Matt Turner headlining the standout stars for Gregg Berhalter’s squad.

Turner registered his first World Cup clean sheet in a goal-less draw with the Three Lions, earning SBI’s Man of the Match honors. The 28-year-old made three saves against England, helping the Americans remain unbeaten in Qatar, and earn their first World Cup shutout against a European team since 1950.

Turner had little to do for most of the first half but stayed ready and delivered a strong save on Mason Mount before halftime. Raheem Sterling’s one-touch pass allowed Mount to drill a low drive in the box but Turner dove to his right to deny the streaking Chelsea attacker.

With England continuing to pressure the USMNT in the second half, Turner also came up clutch with four high claims to keep Harry Maguire, John Stones, and others at bay. Marcus Rashford and Maguire both created last-gasp scoring chances in the match, but Turner calmly caught the Manchester United duo’s efforts.

Turner also made some decisive passes to his defensive teammates in the match, rarely making an error out of the back.

Turner has now made five saves in two group stage matches so far, conceding only one goal in 180 minutes of action. He edged Tyler Adams, Antonee Robinson, Sergino Dest and Tim Ream for SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.

What did you think of Turner’s performance in goal? How comfortable are you with Turner being the No. 1 goalkeeper? Which other USMNT players impressed you in the draw?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Has to be Adams, the guy was everywhere, 90 minutes of nonstop bossing the middle, sprinting to break counters, ordering and organizing his troops, nearly had the assist on pulisics shot, just a fantastic game for him in the biggest game. He won’t be at leeds for long. Honorable mention for Ream, who anchored the backline for the second straight game. Always felt he had something to offer the USMNT, but he has surpassed my most optimistic hopes. Turner did really well, commanded his box with confidence, coming out aggressively to gather crosses, solid on the easy saves, made the one tough save on mounts shot. But this was not timmy howard v Belgium, singlehandedly keeping us in game. Turner had little to do much of the match thx to an organized defense and dominant midfield.

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  2. This is pretty obviously just an attempt at a controversial hot take. Nobody who actually watched the match thinks Matt Turner is the Motm because he took down four uncontested skied crosses.

    He made a really nice save and was generally decent with distribution. There are 4 players (at least) who had more impact. Easily.

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  3. Adams obviously covering a lot of space defending but also playing very disciplined not being overly aggressive. Leading by example and really helping the D maintain shape. Adams also does a great job pushing players wide and handing them off to wide players.

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  4. Captain Adams by far! If the GK had lil to do than the puts the spotlight on the midfield. The anchor of the midfield was Captain Adams.

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  5. I like that Budweiser gave MotM to Pulisic just to stick it to Chelsea. Sterling and Mount were fairly invisible (I guess Mount had their best chance before the half).

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    • JR, I noticed Mount grabbing jerseys from behind to slow play down which I thought was an automatic yellow card 🤔. I like Mount but I think he was pretty fortunate today.

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  6. Turner was MOTM, and Adams was excellent. Mckennie improved from last game. Dest is no longer a defensive liability, and is growing into a very good left back in terms of his defensive game.

    Pulisic needs to be more ruthless with this decision making. You don’t need to be Messi every time you get the ball. Most of the time he makes an extra touch or two when its more detrimental than beneficial.

    You all saw again how Pefok could have been useful on the opposite end of those diagonal balls. Nobody was there. Wright was brought in but he’s not going to out muscle anyone for the ball since he’s too deep in the midfield to isolate any defender and go to goal.

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  7. Thought Dest and McKennie were much better in this game. Ream is showing why he is an EPL quality CB. Z-Man needs to get over his errors and deliver a decisive defensive match against Iran. Turner won’t be the #2 at Arsenal for long. Other teams will come calling.

    Still need to get Pulisic more of a goal threat. Ferreira has a knack of making the wingers more productive and Pulisic is our leading goal scorer. But I wouldn’t mind seeing Weah moved to CF and putting Reyna in at the start versus Iran.

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  8. Wow, Robinson what a bad first half. Poor first touch, unforced errors with lack of control bringing the ball up and the that poor first touch in the second half again another unforced error. This is the second bad game by Zimmerman needs to step it up against Iran. Needs to pass a lot better out of the back up to the midfielders. MOTM is Ream because the other 2 defenders were so poor. A steadying presence and keeping Kane to a very ineffective outing.

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    • Agree on Jedi Robinson, I thought it was one of his poorest games in awhile. Made some good defensive plays in the second half but his touch was off all night.

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  9. I think Ream deserves it. he basically took Harry Kane out of the game, even the header Kane had at the end was put off by an early bump and grab he made. I think as long as the game stays in front of Ream, he will continue to have an outstanding tournament. Dest also did extremely well, he kept Sterling from enjoying a good night and he joined the attack productively often and well.

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  10. Since the Gold Cup, I’ve always felt Turner was our best goalkeeper. Btw Tim Ream having a good World Cup. Okay lads its down to Iran now. We gotta win

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