The dream turns into a actuality for New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, who will likely be within the US males national team’s beginning XI in an international friendly against Trinidad & Tobago Sunday (7 pm ET | FS1, UniMas, TUDN) at Exploria Stadium.
Gregg Berhalter confirmed Turner will get the start and make his long-awaited USMNT debut in a video conference name with reporters Saturday.
Turner just finished his second national team camp and has made a stark enchancment throughout these 12 months, in line with Berhalter.
“Matt definitely has improved. I feel it is evening and day compared to him last January camp,” Berhalter instructed reporters on Monday. “He had the reflexes last January, however now his complete recreation is improved and you may see he is gained confidence and that complete season behind him has really improved him, and he is trying sharp.”
It’s been a protracted and arduous street for Turner, who went from an undrafted rookie on a tryout with the Revs to turning into one of many top goalkeepers in MLS. He said watching the USMNT compete within the 2010 World Cup supplied the beginning point for this journey, with the following step a start on his national team debut.
“The reason I obtained into soccer within the first place was due to the [USMNT’s] World Cup run in 2010. It is one thing that is at all times been so particular to me, and it is what ignited me to turn out to be enthusiastic about this recreation,” Turner said. “And 11 years later, to have the ability to have the chance, even, to put on the crest on on a match day is nothing short of a dream come true.”
Gregg Berhalter confirms that goalkeeper Matt Turner will earn his #USMNT debut tomorrow vs. 🇹🇹.
Moreover, he says Aaron Lengthy will companion with Miles Robinson in central defense. Robinson will earn his first international start on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/yr9Seog7u5
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) January 30, 2021
That wasn’t the one nugget Berhalter dropped about his team selection against the Soca Warriors. He additionally revealed Aaron Lengthy and Miles Robinson will companion in central defense.
Lengthy will earn his nineteenth cap Sunday, all begins. The New York Red Bulls standout wore the captain’s armband 4 occasions, together with his last two appearances against Costa Rica on the conclusion of last year’s January camp and El Salvador in December.
Robinson, the young Atlanta United center back, will likely be making his third look with the USMNT. The 23-year-old beforehand got here off the bench against Mexico and Uruguay in Sept, 2019.