Matt Turner is all about helping the team any way he can, which is why he became the New England Revolution’s locker room DJ at the beginning of 2019.
After two years as the third-string goalkeeper, Turner earned the starting job in 2018. He performed well, making 83 saves in 27 appearances. Turner lost the gig at the start of 2019 because then-head coach Brad Friedel preferred Brad Knighton and Cody Cropper.
Still wanting what’s best for the team, Turner began to contribute in a different way.
“I guess it really started probably in the beginning of 2019,” Turner explained. “I wasn’t playing in games so I was like ‘Let me add to the team by putting on the music.’”
Turner wanted a playlist that would appeal to everyone so he took suggestions from his teammates. Soon he curated a mix that had everything from rap to techno.
Turner regained his starting spot 12 games into the 2019 season and has since solidified himself as one of the league’s best netminders. This year he finished second for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award behind Andre Blake.
This hasn’t affected Turner’s status as the team’s DJ. Although some players have their own locker room rituals—Adam Buksa declined to comment on Turner’s music taste, saying, “Sorry, I listen to my own music”—others really appreciate Turner’s efforts. This is what motivates him to continue to play music.
“I always like when I play one of somebody’s songs and they sort of look at you from across the locker room because it created sort of a bond that way and gets people to into the zone,” Turner said.
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