After a great season in 2020, 2021 has only been filled with more great moments for New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner. After getting his first start for the United States Men’s National Team in January, could we see him with the team again?
The USMNT announced a friendly against Jamaica that will be played over in Europe this month. Now that he has some playing time under his belt, Turner seems to have staked his claim for the starting job. Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, the battle will be between Turner and Zack Steffen.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday, Turner was asked if he expects to make the roster. It’s safe to say he is focused on helping the New England Revolution get off to the best start possible.
He said, “Time will tell. I’m not one to look too far in the future. I’m just going to take it day by day. My focus is here right now. I’m going to be working hard in preseason and getting our team right so that way we can start off the season strong. I think in years past, we’ve started slowly and that’s put us in a hole. Even when we’re playing well, we end up in eighth place or seventh place like every year. I think it’s important and it’s a goal of ours to start the season stronger so that’s my full focus right now. If I get called in, that’ll be another conversation to have and that would be a huge honor and another thing that I would never take for granted. We’ll see what happens in the coming weeks. But for now, I’m just focused on working off the rust a little bit and getting ready for the 2021 MLS season.”
Turner had an amazing season for the Revs in 2020. He was voted Team MVP and almost was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Turner also boasted a career high six clean sheets and had a 1.09 goals against average.
After 2020 fans will have high expectations for Turner. With this type of attitude, Turner seems well on his way to another great season.