New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has been gaining some valuable experience with the USMNT. And he deserves it with some excellent performances.
2019 was a career year for Turner. He racked up 84 saves and was second in MLS in save percentage. It was a breakout year in a burgeoning career.
Now the United States Men’s National Team is getting prepped for a friendly against Costa Rica at the beginning of February and Turner is amongst the 22 MLS players who made the roster.
This isn’t Turner’s first rodeo with the USMNT. Back in November, he was called up but failed to get any playing time. However, this given that the United States’ next game is a friendly, there is a chance that Turner gets some precious playing time for his country.
Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson are also a part of the squad so there are some experienced and capable names that Turner will have to unseat to claim any minutes, but Turner, at 25, is younger than both and is a greater long-term option for Gregg Berhalter.
The only hope for fans of Turner and the New England Revolution is that Berhalter will want to use this friendly to give some less experienced players their 1st cap.
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Still, even if Turner doesn’t play, this will be another valuable experience for the Revolution goalkeeper. Working alongside veteran goalkeepers like Hamid and Johnson will show Turner what it takes to be one of the best. He will also be playing for his country. That is a unique honor and a clear illustration of the quality of his performances for the New England Revolution for some time now.
Closer to home, the Revolution will definitely need another great season from Turner. With New England spending some money in the offseason to bring in some promising international players such as Alexander Büttner, Adam Buksa, and Samba Camara, it looks like Bruce Arena and co. want to win sooner rather than later.
But that was also the case last season, and to sneak into the playoffs, the Revolution required an excellent individual campaign from Turner. Even with the added talent in the offseason, they will need an uptick in defensive performance or excellence from Turner.
Neevertheless, before that, Revolution fans will be hoping to see Matt Turner get his first international cap. And his experience with the USMNT will help him when he comes back to the New England Revolution.