Revolution

Sweeney: 3 takeaways from the weekend that was – Matt Turner leading Revs

A few — okay, three — thoughts from the weekend in soccer…

Where would this Revolution side be without Matt Turner?

You may recall that way back in February, I had written a neat piece about Matt Turner working to keep hold of the No. 1 jersey, as well as him taking over the NEGU Crew duties from Kelyn Rowe. Turner had spoken about the things he worked on during the offseason — working on his footwork, watching goalkeepers in the Premier League and finding elements to add in his game — and I had wondered if his new role in Rowe’s stead cemented his role as the No. 1.

He had strenuously denied that: “No, that’s something outside of soccer; that doesn’t cement my role with anything,” he had said in my story, which ran Feb. 8. “That’s something completely different. My role with the first team is going to depend on entirely what I do on the field, and how I approach every day of training. I’m approaching it like I’m the No. 3 as I always do, and I’m going to work my hardest and earn that No. 1 spot again.”

Coming out of preseason, we had thought he would have won the job, thanks to some stellar performances in both Spain and Florida. But as it turned out