Tuesday wasn’t exactly a great day for New England Revolution fans as Diego Fagundez announced his move to Austin FC, but there was still some good news for Revs fans. Two of the club’s players got the nod for the United States Men’s National Team January camp.
Matt Turner and Henry Kessler got the nod for the camp that begins on January 9th. This isn’t a regular international window so the roster is made up of mostly MLS players. Also, the focus is on the Under-23 squad with a few senior team players also making the trip with Olympic qualifying occurring this year.
This is a major step in Kessler’s career as it’s his first call-up for the United States at any age level. The call-up comes on the heels of Kessler’s impressive rookie season. He finished second among all MLS rookies in minutes played and games started and was also named Revolution Defender of the Year. The former University of Virginia center back was the first rookie to win the award since 2011.
Turner on the other hand will be joining the USMNT for the third time. He was apart of the prior January Camp as well as the call-ups for the Concacaf Nations League in November of 2019.
While this won’t be Turner’s first rodeo at the international level, he will be searching for his first international appearance.
2021 will be a busy year for the USMNT with matches in the Nations League, Gold Cup, and the beginning of the United States road to the 2022 World Cup.
According to the USMNT, a match is planned for the end of the month so Turner does indeed have a chance to get some playing time.
Still just getting called up is worthy of praise for these two Revolution players as they prepare for the 2021 MLS season.