Matt Turner could miss upcoming USMNT World Cup qualifiers

Lizzy Becherano
Turner is doubtful for the USMNT's upcoming World Cup qualifiers
Turner is doubtful for the USMNT's upcoming World Cup qualifiers / Robin Alam/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Matt Turner may be out for the upcoming USMNT World Cup qualifiers after missing two consecutive matches for the New England Revolution.

The goalkeeper failed to feature for the Eastern Conference giants once again after being sidelined during the team’s season opener against the Portland Timbers on February 26. Head coach Bruce Arena has yet to identify the injury or provide any specifics but did address his absence prior to the home opener on Saturday.

"We don’t expect Matt to play this weekend," Arena said Thursday, without going into detail. 

This is a huge blow for the US men’s national team as Turner has become a strong contender for the side during crucial moments. Zack Steffen, the team’s frontrunner for the position, is out with an injury as well. The Manchester City player has not featured for the Premier League leaders since February 5 and is dealing with a recurrent back injury.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter may have to resort to MLS picks Sean Johnson or Gabriel Slonina, or even Nottingham Forest’s Ethan Horvath.

NYCFC’s Johnson was named MVP of the MLS Cup final, where he stopped the Portland Timbers in penalties to lift the trophy. He’s made nine appearances for the national team, boasting four clean sheets. 

Horvath has featured for the USMNT on seven occasions, recording two clean sheets. He became an instant figure after coming off the bench during the 2021 Concacaf Nations League final to stop a penalty from Mexico and lead the American side to their first tournament trophy. 

Slonina earned a national team call up in January 2022, but has yet to make his debut. 

The upcoming set of qualifiers stands as the most daunting to date, forcing the American side to visit Azteca Stadium to face North American rivals Mexico before hosting Panama and traveling to Costa Rica.

Beyond the goalkeeping crisis, the USMNT are also without Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, who broke two bones while playing in a Champions League match, and Chris Richards. Gio Reyna is also a doubt for the matches.