Bruce Arena is the most decorated USA men’s national team manager, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about running the team. On Saturday night, the current New England Revolution head coach said he thought it was stupid to play in freezing cold conditions against Honduras in Minnesota on February 2, 2022.
“Well, personally, I told them beforehand, I thought it was stupid to play against teams of this quality, thinking that they had to be in these kinds of conditions,” Arena said. “Having said that, we’ve played out of order in previous games here. But American football, in my opinion, could have played at any venue in the country and would have been successful in those games. So Matt is [Turner] The injury he has now is not the result of the injury he suffered in the Minnesota game.
Arena noted that when he coached the national team, “there were always little tricks that countries played to try and gain an advantage.” The United States ultimately secured a 3-0 win over Honduras in sub-zero temperatures.
Turner supported the United States in the shutout. In an interview with CBS Sports Boston’s Dan Roche published Friday, Turner said, “I developed a little tendonitis in my foot. It was because the tissue in my foot was frozen and I was running back and forth to stay warm. Running on frozen tissue somehow accelerated the process of tendonitis. But it was only three or four days.
On Saturday, Arena said Turner’s short-term illness was due to frostbite.
“He actually had frostbite,” Arena said in response to a question from WPRO’s Tom Quinlan. “It was frostbite.”
When asked if Turner had frostbite from the USMNT, a national team spokesperson told The Bent Musket that the goalie had never been diagnosed with frostbite by medical staff. .
Regardless of what kept Turner out for a few days at the start of the season, it has nothing to do with what is currently keeping him on the sidelines. Turner quickly recovered before joining the Revs in California. After a day of practice, Turner played in a closed-door friendly against LAFC.
Turner explained the injury while speaking to Roche, saying, “A few minutes into the game a back pass was left short, I went to clear it and someone left their foot in it. I cleared the ball, kicked the bottom of his foot and I had a hairline fracture in a small bone in my [right] foot.”
Arena’s comments on Saturday also made it clear the injuries were unrelated.
“The injury he has now has nothing to do with the frostbite he suffered in Minnesota,” Arena said. “The frostbite was on one foot. The wound he has now is on the other foot. So you can’t – there’s no connection to that.
The goalkeeper is yet to start his final season in MLS as Turner moves to Arsenal this summer. With New England currently on a three game losing streak in MLS, fans will be eagerly awaiting Turner’s return to the field.
Arena told the media at a midweek press conference that he expected Turner to return to training in 1-2 weeks.
“I would say by the middle of the month [Turner] should be back in training,” Arena also told Sports Hub’s 98.5 Zolak & Bertrand, I think in May he will be ready to play. He will leave the Revolution at the end of June, so we hope to be able to bring Matt back to the field.
Turner also provided an update on his rehab in a statement he released on Saturday.
“My rehab is going very well; Hopefully I will be cleared to return to training very soon and can put this chapter behind me and start doing what I love every day again,” said the goalkeeper.
While the USMNT was able to put the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup behind them, fans will wonder if it was worth a player developing frostbite and two opponents being treated for hypothermia just to get three points.