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The Story Behind The Best Jersey at the MLS All-Star Game
“Matt Turner going to Arsenal was the best thing that could have happened to me as a soccer fan."
There were plenty of impressive jerseys at Audi Field on Wednesday for the MLS All-Star Game. One of the most impressive was a split Matt Turner jersey that can’t be purchased in stores or online.
Garrett McNeill, a Lakeville, Mass. resident, has been a fan of both the New England Revolution and Arsenal for over ten years. As one can imagine, he was overjoyed when Matt Turner was transferred to the Gunners in Jun. 2022.
“Matt Turner going to Arsenal was the best thing that could have happened to me as a soccer fan,” McNeill told The Blazing Musket.
A true lover of the beautiful game, McNeill lists a 2014 road trip to Red Bull Arena as his favorite soccer memory. Watching the Revs defeat the Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship was something special, in part because there were over 1,000 traveling fans in the stands.
This past season was his favorite as an Arsenal fan because the team was fighting for the Premier League title until the end.
As for his love for Turner? Well, it doesn’t hurt that he’s a handsome individual.
When asked what he likes most about the goalkeeper, McNeill said with a laugh, “How good-looking he is, obviously. You can print that.”
He continued, “I just love his story. I love that he’s come from literally the bottom and now he’s at the absolute top.
“As an Arsenal and Revs fan, I’ve seen 99% of his professional matches. I feel like I’ve grown up with him, even though we’re the same age, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like I’ve been there for the ride.”
McNeill has appreciated watching Turner progress from undrafted goalkeeper to USMNT starter. He summarized the journey by saying, “We’ve always known he’s so good and now everybody knows it.”
McNeill had the idea to create a split Turner jersey soon after the transfer became official but didn’t develop a plan until it was announced that Arsenal would face the MLS All-Stars in Washington D.C. on Jul. 19.
McNeill and his significant other made travel arrangements before purchasing two custom jerseys from WeGotSoccer. They then went to Cristin Tailors in Middlesborough, Mass. to make their vision a reality.
The turnaround was quick—three or four days—and the cost was low—about $30. All very reasonable to create one of the best garments at the MLS All-Star Game.
Of course, Turner didn’t end up going to the game. McNeill still enjoyed the experience but does hope the USMNT’s keeper gets the chance to see his creation.
“I hope Matt Turner sees us. I messaged you on Instagram, Matt. Please hit me up,” McNeill said.