New England Revolution

Matt Turner says goodbye ahead of final NE Revolution match

Lizzy Becherano
 New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner is saying goodbye before joining Arsenal.
New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner is saying goodbye before joining Arsenal. / Tim Bouwer/ISI Photos/GettyImages

After seven years with the New England Revolution, Matt Turner is saying goodbye.

Sunday’s match against Minnesota United at Gillette Stadium marks his final appearance for the Eastern Conference side before making his way over to the Premier League with Arsenal.

"It’s been an insane ride," Turner told the media Friday on a virtual press conference.

"I’m just focused on saying goodbye to these fans who hold a special place in my heart. They welcomed me to this team, made me feel like a superstar even when I was playing [at USL League One's] Richmond [Kickers]. It’s been tough with COVID, not getting the chance to be with them one-on-one, signing autographs as frequently. I hope Sunday we’ll rectify all that and leave on good terms."

Turner worked himself up after picking up the sport at 14 years old. He played collegiate soccer at Fairfield University, turning to the MLS SuperDraft as the next step. The USMNT goalkeeper went undrafted, ultimately signing with the New England Revolution as a free agent after a successful preseason trial.

Following a pair of loan stints with second-tier side Richmond Kickers, Turner climbed up to the starting line-up. In 2018, his work finally paid off.

"I’m a product of how I was brought up. I came to soccer late, so I’ve had to prove myself every single day. I had the deck stacked against me, I didn’t have opportunities come flying at me all of the time. That’s been some of the toughest challenges because not many doors were opened for me, but it’s also one of my greatest strengths because whenever those opportunities presented themselves, I was ready."

Now, Turner heads for a new challenge with Arsenal. The two clubs originally announced the deal in February, but confirmed the goalkeeper would remain with the Major League Soccer side until July. 

"The ironic part of the transfer is that Arsenal is his favorite team," head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena said. "It was clearly something he wanted to do. We felt there was a certain number that needed to be met so it all worked out. We’re so pleased it worked out for Matt, as well as our club and Arsenal. Arsenal have gotten themselves a very good goalkeeper."

During his time with the team, Turner inspired the team to a Supports' Shield trophy and earned individual honors including 2021 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Now, he departs as a Revs legend and fan favorite.