Matt Turner Signs with New England Revolution
Fairfield University goalkeeper Matt Turner earned a roster spot on the 2016 New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS). The senior signed with the franchise after receiving an invitation to the preseason camp as a trialist.
“I am very happy for Matt as he continues his playing career in the MLS,” Fairfield University Head Coach Carl Rees said. “His work ethic and skill level that he exhibited as a member of our program carried over to the professional ranks and will ensure his success as a member of the New England Revolution. I am grateful for the role that Coach Javier Decima plays in developing our goalkeepers and in particular preparing Matt for the next level.”
Turner spent the last two seasons as the Stags’ starting goalkeeper, getting the nod in 37 of the team’s 38 games played during that stretch. He played in all 18 games in 2015 and recorded a .793 save percentage with a 0.98 goals against average. Turner collected seven shutouts in just over 1750 minutes of action, playing every minute of the season. He earned a berth to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) second team.
As a junior, Turner led the nation in save percentage by stopping 89 percent of the shots he faced in 2014 (78 saves, 10 goals allowed) and helped the Stags lead the nation in shutout percentage by not allowing a goal in 72 percent of the games in which he played. He ended his season with a 0.50 goals against average. He earned two MAAC defensive player of the week awards and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team after helping the Stags reach the championship game.
Turner was also a member of the Jersey Express of the Premier Development League (PDL) for the last two seasons. He helped the team reach the League’s semifinal game in 2014 and advance to the League’s Eastern Conference championship game in 2015.