Matt Turner of the New England Revolution has been named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for 2021. This is the first time winning the award for Turner, who helped lead the Revs to the Supporters’ Shield crown with an MLS-record 73 points.
Turner set a new Revs franchise record with 17 regular season wins, which tied him for the overall MLS lead. His 1.25 goals against average and 74.2 save percentage both ranked in the top-10 among goalkeepers with at least 24 starts, and his two penalty kick saves were the second-most in the league. Despite dropping the regular season finale 1-0 to Inter Miami, Turner and the Revs earned a win or draw in 10 straight matches leading up to it (7-3-0).
This isn’t Turner’s first award of the season; he also earned MVP honors in the 2021 MLS All-Star Game. The Goalkeeper of the Year award was voted on by players, various club staffers, and media. Turner blew away the competition with 43.6 percent of the total vote; the next closest was Philadelphia’s Andre Blake with 10.4 percent.
Speaking to reporters about the honor on Monday, Turner remained squarely focused on the big prize: the MLS Cup.
“MLS Cup is a huge goal of ours as an organization, as a team,” Turner said. “Me, personally, something I definitely want to achieve and that was my goal this year, not Goalkeeper of the Year. That’s not really a goal of mine. It’s more of, you know, Supporters’ Shield, MLS Cup, and then do what I have to do to try to help my team to get there and if that leads me to win an individual award along the way, great.”
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