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The 2020 Bent Musket End of Season Awards: Team MVP

With the 2020 MLS regular season coming to a close, The Bent Musket is going to handout some awards. First we start off with the Team MVP.

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The 2020 season can only be described as a rollercoaster for the New England Revolution. There were plenty of highs and plenty of lows for the club.

New England finished with a record of 8-8-7. That was good enough to get the Revs the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. While it’s pleasing that New England is in the playoffs, that is a rather disappointing output.

The Revs entered 2020 with three Designated Players. Adam Buksa had come over from Poland while Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou returned to New England after joining the club in 2019.

New England’s attack seemed primed for success, but lackluster performances and injuries held the team back. One can only ask what if Gil was healthy for the entire 2020 season? How well would New England do then?

But the 2020 season was one where Revolution fans saw some players burst onto the scene and some familiar faces had some great performances.

So without further ado let’s get to the first piece of hardware, Team MVP.

Josh - Gustavo Bou

Throughout the craziness that was 2020, Gustavo Bou was one of the few consistent players on this Revolution team.

Although a slight injury caught up with Bou in the latter part of the regular season restart, Bou was able to notch an impressive five goals, three of which were game-winners, and three assists in 2020, which landed La Pantera in the top three of both statistical categories.

Sam - Matt Turner

There is no doubt that Matt Turner was the most valuable player on New England’s roster. Without him, the team would be in rough shape.

Turner had another great season in net. He was one of the best goaltenders in all of MLS with six shutouts on the season.

There were numerous times down in the MLS is Back tournament and in regular season play where Turner literally saved the day for New England. It’s hard to imagine where this team would be without him.

Seth - Matt Turner

The MVP should be the most consistent player on the team, which leads me to pick Turner. This season would’ve been much different if the 26-year-old wasn’t in net.

If it wasn’t for Andre Blake spectacularly backstopping the team who won the Supporters’ Shield, I’d be bold enough to say that Turner should be the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. I’m not going that far, but I do think it’s time for him to get a USMNT cap.

Alex - Matt Turner

I truly believe there isn't an argument for anyone else to win this award. Matt Turner is the reason this team stays in most games. Outside of Andre Blake, there isn’t a keeper who makes one or two extraordinary saves a game like Turner does on a nightly basis. If Turner was not between the pipes, the Revs would find themselves completely out of the playoff picture.

Jake - Teal Bunbury

Listen, in a season where the Revs offense was largely bad, it was the ever-present Bunbury who led the team in scoring. In a year that makes no sense on or off the field, if we’re not going to honor Bunbury’s hard work and Golden Boot this year as he played everwhere from striker to winger to outside midfield (again, he does this all the time) then we’re never going to. Matt Turner was, is, and always will be amazing and commanded at times a really, really good defense, but when the Revs offense needed someone to step up, a lot of those times it was Teal.


Winner: Matt Turner

The New England Revolution announced the winners of their 2020 Team Awards on Tuesday and Matt Turner was named MVP by the fans as well as his teammates.