Nottingham Forest keeper Matt Turner offers 'apology' after 3/10 performance

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner after USA's defeat to Colombia
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Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner offered an apology to US fans after his team suffered a 5-1 rout at the hands of Colombia in Maryland.

It was not the preparation the US national team or Turner would have wanted ahead of the upcoming Copa America. The Reds shot-stopper was given a 3/10 in ESPN’s ratings after a “rough night at the office”.

The American was honest in his assessment when he faced reporters after Saturday’s friendly. Turner told TNT(via Pro Soccer Wire): “Obviously disappointed in the way we played, the way I played. Everybody needs to look in the mirror after that game and figure it out because obviously that’s not the level that’s required to compete.

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“We can’t get too hung up, we have a game in another couple of days. And it’s important for us to be able to respond. When you look forward to tournaments, it’s not always going to be perfect, and you have to figure out the ways to get the job done.

“Today we didn’t have any answers for the way Colombia changed themselves, changed the way they pressed. And they just had a different intensity about them that we didn’t have for the game.

“So it’s really, really disappointing in front of such a great crowd to perform like that, so I want to apologise to the fans as well, because that’s not what we’re about and we need to bounce back in a big way.”

The US will aim to do just that when they face Brazil on Tuesday. For Turner, the games are his first taste of competitive action since February.

The 29-year-old started last season as first-choice for the Reds, following his move from Arsenal. He lost his place to fellow summer signing Odysseas Vlachodimos for a spell, only for former head coach Steve Cooper to reinstate the American. The arrival of Matz Sels in January then led to the Belgian claiming the No.1 spot, with Cooper’s replacement, Nuno Espirito Santo, giving Turner a run-out in the FA Cup.

Another goalkeeping reshuffle is on the cards at the City Ground this summer. Forest have been linked with Corinthians keeper Carlos Miguel, while reports have suggested Vlachodimos is keen to head elsewhere and Turner has interest from the MLS.

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