Revolution Goalie Matt Turner Makes Team USA for Gold Cup
New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has been named to the United States Men’s National Team roster for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. Turner has been selected by Head Coach Gregg Berhalter as part of a 23-player roster set to report on July 5 to Kansas City, Mo. for training camp ahead of the three-week continental tournament. Click here to read more about the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster.
Turner, 27, made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut as the starting goalkeeper in a 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 31. In addition to recording a shutout in the international friendly, Turner also became the first USMNT goalkeeper to save a penalty in his senior team debut in the modern era when he denied Alvin Jones in the 65th minute. He had previously earned multiple call ups for January Camp and Concacaf Nations League competitions but did not appear in a match. The Park Ridge, New Jersey native is the first Revolution goalkeeper to feature for the U.S. Men’s National Team since Matt Reis in 2007.
SOUND: Matt Turner on the 2021 Gold Cup
VIDEO: Matt Turner Highlights and USMNT January Camp B-Roll
PHOTOS: Matt Turner Action Photos
In his sixth MLS season, Turner is tied for the league lead in wins with a 7-2-2 record, including three shutouts. Turner is one of three Revolution players to play every minute in 2021 and is one win away from matching his single-season career high (8). He earned MLS Player of the Week Honors for Week 8, following a 3-2 win over New York City FC on June 19. New England’s victory was highlighted by Turner’s season-high seven saves, including a penalty-kick denial in the 12th minute. The first Revolution goalkeeper to ever earn MLS Player of the Week honors, Turner owns 80 league starts, 19 clean sheets, and a record of 31-23-25 for his MLS career. He finished second in Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting in 2020.
The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup is the 16th edition of the continental tournament. The 16-team competition kicks off on July 10, with the tournament final scheduled for Aug. 1 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nev. The U.S. Men’s National Team is slotted in Group B along with Canada and Martinique. The USA will play all of its group matches at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. Based on the outcome of the Gold Cup Prelims Round, the remaining team in Group B could be one of four possibilities: Barbados, Bermuda, Haiti or St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The U.S. opens Group B play on July 11 against the team that advances from the Prelim Round (9:00 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision, TUDN). Four days later, the USMNT faces Martinique for the third time in confederation championship history (10:00 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMás, TUDN), before closing out the opening phase against northern neighbor Canada (5:00 p.m. ET; FOX, Univision, TUDN). To view the complete 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup schedule click here.
The United States has lifted the Concacaf Gold Cup six times, most recently in the 2017 edition. The USMNT won the inaugural tournament in 1991 before being crowned regional champions again in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013.
Turner will remain with the Revolution through the club’s next MLS match, Saturday, July 3 against the Columbus Crew at Lower.com Field. The nationally televised match kicks off at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and airs locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.