Matt Turner backstopped the New England Revolution to the Supporters’ Shield. (USA Today Photo)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has been named the MLS goalkeeper of the year, it was announced Monday.

The U.S. men’s international captured the honor for the first time in his career after leading the Revs to the Supporters’ Shield crown and a league-record 73 points in the regular season.

Turner, 27, set a Revolution club mark with 17 wins in the regular season, tied for the most by a goalkeeper in 2021. He recorded a 1.25 goals-against average and 73.2 saves percentage over 28 starts, with five shutouts. His two penalty saves were tied for the second most in MLS this year. Turner was also the hero of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, earning the game’s Most Valuable Player award after stopping two attempts during the penalty shootouts as the MLS All-Stars defeated the LIGA MX All-Stars.

On the international stage, Turner emerged as one of the top goalkeepers for the USMNT after making his international debut in January. He went 9-1-2 in 12 starts, including five shutouts in six games during the Concacaf Gold Cup. Turner was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper and earned a Best XI nod en route to the Gold Cup title. He went on to start the first five U.S. games in the final round of Concacaf qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

The award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:

 

 

Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year 

PLAYER

CLUB

MEDIA

TOTAL

Matt Turner (NE)

38.00%

45.50%

47.30%

43.60%

Andre Blake (PHI)

9.90%

9.10%

12.30%

10.43%

Joe Willis (NSH)

10.90%

9.10%

10.80%

10.27%

William Yarbrough (COL)

4.70%

9.10%

11.30%

8.37%

Maxime Crepeau (VAN)

5.70%

9.10%

1.50%

5.43%

MATT TURNER’S 2021 SEASON AT A GLANCE:

  • Set a new club record with 17 wins en route to the club’s first Supporters’ Shield title
  • Logged career highs in starts (28), minutes played (2,520), wins (17), and saves (101) in sixth MLS season
  • Led MLS in home wins with 11 and lost only once in 15 starts at Gillette Stadium
  • Named the MVP of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game after denying two penalty kicks in the shootout win vs. LIGA MX All-Stars
  • Earned 12 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2021 and owns an 9-1-2 record with eight shutouts
  • Named top goalkeeper and a Best XI selection in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, helping the United States win the tournament with five clean sheets in six appearances

Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award Recipients

Year

Player

Club

1996

Mark Dodd

Dallas Burn

1997

Brad Friedel

Columbus Crew

1998

Zach Thornton

Chicago Fire

1999

Kevin Hartman

Los Angeles Galaxy

2000

Tony Meola

Kansas City Wizards

2001

Tim Howard

MetroStars

2002

Joe Cannon

San Jose Earthquakes

2003

Pat Onstad

San Jose Earthquakes

2004

Joe Cannon

Colorado Rapids

2005

Pat Onstad

San Jose Earthquakes

2006

Troy Perkins

D.C. United

2007

Brad Guzan

Chivas USA

2008

Jon Busch

Chicago Fire

2009

Zach Thornton

Chivas USA

2010

Donovan Ricketts

Los Angeles Galaxy

2011

Kasey Keller

Seattle Sounders FC

2012

Jimmy Nielsen

Sporting Kansas City

2013

Donovan Ricketts

Portland Timbers

2014

Bill Hamid

D.C. United

2015

Luis Robles

New York Red Bulls

2016

Andre Blake

Philadelphia Union

2017

Tim Melia

Sporting Kansas City

2018

Zack Steffen

Columbus Crew

2019

Vito Mannone

Minnesota United

2020

Andre Blake

Philadelphia Union

2021

Matt Turner

New England Revolution