FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Matt Turner wasn’t in Dallas when the New England Revolution opened the 2019 season there on March 2. He wasn’t in Toronto, either, when the Revs went north of the border two weeks later, and he watched from a suite when they hosted Columbus and Cincinnati at Gillette Stadium.
Turner wasn’t injured. Instead, he’d been deemed the Revolution’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Brad Knighton and Cody Cropper – a surprise considering the fact that Turner, the youngest goalkeeper on New England’s roster, had started 27 games in 2018.
It was an introspective time for the then-24-year-old, who admits it was a difficult period for him personally as he learned quickly that absolutely nothing is a given at the professional level.