Arsenal sign USMNT goaltender Matt Turner from New England Revolution

Arsenal have completed the signing of USA men’s national team goalkeeper Matt Turner, the club announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old agreed to join the Premier League side from the New England Revolution in February but stayed with the Revs for the start of the 2022 MLS regular season.

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Turner has signed a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium and will wear the number 30 shirt.

“Watching Arsenal as a kid made me fall in love with the way the team played and the values ​​of this club,” said Turner Club Twitter page.

β€œIt felt like a long road but why not dream of donning my team’s jersey one day. So I dedicated my life to working on my game and being the best player and person I could be.

“I was able to realize a dream and this is one of the best days of my life.”

Turner is expected to join Arsenal’s first team for pre-season training in July and will battle for first place with Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno.

He is the latest player to join Arsenal after Fabio Vieira signed a long-term contract with the club. Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is close to a move to the Emirates.

Speaking to reporters in February, Turner mentioned that US manager Gregg Berhalter was a “huge supporter” of his move to Arsenal, and he remains confident he will retain his place in the national team, where he will face Manchester City keeper Zack Steffen fights the starting place.

After stints on loan at second division club Richmond Kickers, he took first place in 2018 and has been a mainstay ever since. He was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2021, a campaign that also saw him named MVP of the MLS All-Star Game.

Turner enjoyed a similar rise internationally, playing 18 games for USA and saving USA to the Gold Cup title while winning the Golden Glove Award for the tournament’s top goaltender.

“Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring quality to our squad,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website.

“He has shown with his performances over the last few years both in MLS and internationally with the USA that he is a goalkeeper who will give us extra strength for next season.

“We welcome Matt and his family to the club and look forward to working together in the years to come.”