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Matt Turner Returns to New England with USMNT
“He’s a team leader. He keeps us in the game.”
It’s been quite some time since former New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has played in New England. After being purchased by Arsenal in the middle of the 2022 MLS season, the goalkeeper has been overseas for the majority of the year but on Saturday he came home.
Turner participated in his first USMNT match in the region in the Stars and Stripes 3-1 loss to Germany. The scoreline doesn’t give the goalkeeper the credit that he deserves.
While struggling with the ball at his feet at times, Turner made some incredible saves (four in total). The goals were more of a defensive breakdown than the former Revolution star making a mistake.
“Matt’s solid, even in the first half, the saves that he made, you couldn’t ask for a better keeper,” Tim Weah told The Blazing Musket. “He’s a team leader. He keeps us in the game.”
Union Berlin midfielder Brenden Aaronson was also pleased with the performance between the sticks from Turner.
“Yeah he was great,” the Philadelphia Union product stated. “He made a lot of really good saves for us, he always does. A few unlucky ones tonight that was just really weird goals to be fair but he always saves us and he always puts in an amazing performance. I’m really happy for him and how he’s calm. I remember not too long ago we were roommates for the first time at camps together so it’s a long time coming.”
Along with the homecoming, former teammate and current Revs defender DeJuan Jones also got to catch up with Turner.
“It’s always great to see Matt,” Jones told The Blazing Musket. I think he did a really good job tonight. The goals were kind of unlucky, not much you can do but it’s great to see him back and the fan support for him tonight was awesome to see as well.”
It seems like just yesterday Turner was tearing it up in MLS. Now he is the top goalkeeper at Nottingham Forest and the main man for the USMNT.
The talent was evident from the jump, all it took was for those around the U.S. soccer landscape to notice him. Once he got an opportunity, the former Revolution goalkeeper didn’t look back.