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Matt Turner to start in goal against El Salvador

Matt Turner will start in between the sticks for the USMNT in their octagonal opener against El Salvador

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As the United States Men’s National Team prepares for their return to World Cup Qualifying action, head coach Gregg Berhalter spoke to the press ahead of their match with El Salvador tomorrow.

Berhalter confirmed that forward Christian Pulisic did not travel with the team. Pulisic continues to recover after contracting COVID-19 earlier in August. Berhalter also confirmed that Manchester City goalkeeper Zach Steffen did not travel with the team as he has been dealing with back spasms.

With Steffen out of the picture for tomorrow’s match, Berhalter announced to the media that New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner will be the one starting in between the pipes for the United States tomorrow night.

Berhalter’s announcement comes after Turner’s impressive run in the Gold Cup, which saw the Park Ridge, New Jersey-native make 26 saves over six Gold Cup appearances with five shutouts. His performance would not only propel the U.S. to a Gold Cup trophy but would win Turner the Best Goalkeeper award as well.

Turner has been one of many factors in the Revolution’s success during the 2021 Major League Soccer season. Turner has appeared in 18 matches for the Revolution, where he has clocked in 64 saves with a 74.4% save percentage and four clean sheets.

The USMNT takes on El Salvador tomorrow at 10:05 PM EST and is available to stream on Paramount+ and Universo.