Matt Turner of the USMNT signs a long-term contract with Arsenal

 | June 27, 2022


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The club signed Turner from the New England Revolution and will wear No.30 this season.

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The goalkeeper for the United States men's national team will now play for Arsenal in the upcoming season. The 28-year-old Matt Turner has signed a long-term contract with the team which will keep him at Emirates Stadium for some time.

Turner said: "Watching Arsenal as a kid, I fell in love with the way the team plays and the values of this club."

He added: "It felt like a long shot, but why not dream of putting my team's shirt on one day. So I dedicated my life to working at my game and being the best player and person that I could be."

Turner will join the team for preseason training in July and compete with Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno for the starting spot. Turner is just one of the latest moves for the club after Fabio Vieira signed a long-term contract and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus is closing on a move to the Emirates.

In February, Turner mentioned that U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter was a "big supporter" of his move to Arsenal, and he remains confident that he will keep his spot on the USMNT.

Turner was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2021, the same year he was also named the MVP of the MLS All-Star Game. At the international level, Turner has made 18 appearances for the U.S. and backstopping the U.S. to the Gold Cup title. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: "Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring high quality to our squad. He has shown with his performances in recent years in both the MLS and at international level with the United States that he is a goalkeeper who will give us added strength going into next season."

In the Gold Cup title, Turner won the Golden Glove award as the tournament's best goalkeeper. 

 

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