Home Latest News The Revolution hosts Minnesota United on Sunday night.

The Revolution hosts Minnesota United on Sunday night.

Matt Turner started his MLS career as a long shot from a mid-major college program to become the league’s 2021 Goalkeeper of the Year.

Turner’s unlikely success with the revolution since his arrival in 2016 has brought his career to a close. Turner will begin the next phase of his professional journey as an outsider from the wrong side of the Atlantic when he moves to Arsenal of the English Premier League next week.

“I got into football late and that’s why I always had to prove myself every day,” said Turner. “I’ve always more or less stacked the decks against me, so I didn’t get opportunities all the time.

“I knew I had to get the best out of them and really deliver if I wanted to develop that credibility. The more you play, the more credibility you develop over time. There weren’t that many doors open to me and then opportunities arose, especially in recent seasons, I was ready.”

Turner, 27, will guard New England’s goal for the final time when the Revolution (5-5-5) hosts Minnesota United FC (5-6-3) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night (5).

Turner came to New England as an unwritten free agent from Fairfield and leaves as one of the most influential players in club history. Turner enters his final game of the Revolution’s all-time leader among goalkeepers in winning percentage (.590) with a record 43-25-33 in the MLS regular season. He is third in clean sheets (22), second in saves (346), second in goals against average (1.33) and second in save percentage (71.6).

The Revolution’s fortunes improved when Bruce Arena was hired as head coach and sporting director in May 2019 and Turner became a huge factor in the team’s upgrade.

The New Jersey-born defender ended the Revolution’s historic run in 2021 when they racked up an MLS record of 73 regular-season points and secured the first Supporter Shield in club history.

Turner translated that success into a spot on the US men’s national team. Turner took part in the World Cup qualifiers in March and has competed in the CONCACAF Nations League tournament for the past two weeks.

Turner’s international resume includes 18 senior caps, 14 wins and 13 shutouts. Turner had four clears in eight starts during the US team’s World Cup qualifying campaign and was named best goalkeeper at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Turner’s portfolio, while impressive on this side of the pond, matters little in the English Premier League. He’ll just be another guy off the roster fighting for minutes. Turner has come to terms with that, because it has been that way his entire career.

“It’s going to be a great journey, but that novelty will wear off quickly because I understand it takes a lot of thought,” Turner said. “It will take a lot of dedication and sacrifice and I will have to put my best foot forward every day if I want to have even a pinch of success.”

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