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Matt Turner, Cristian Arango capture MLS awards

2021-11-22 22:07:17 GMT+00:00 – New England’s Matt Turner was named the 2021 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Los Angeles FC ahead Cristian Arango was honored because the league’s Newcomer of the Year.

Turner led the Revolution to their first-ever Supporters’ Shield and a brand new single-season report with 73 factors in 34 matches (22-5-7 report).

Turner, 27, tied for the MLS lead with 17 goalkeeper wins, together with 5 shutouts. He was additionally named MVP of the MLS All-Star Game after stopping two makes an attempt within the penalty shootout towards the Liga MX All-Stars.

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He is the primary goalkeeper within the Revolution’s 26-year MLS historical past to win the award. Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union completed second within the voting by MLS gamers, membership technical employees and media.

“It means a lot. It’s definitely something that I’ve had on my radar as a goal, as a box to check if you will, for a long time,” Turner informed reporters in a convention name. “I’ve never really been one to win individual awards … but I really do mean that. All throughout growing up when I was getting into soccer, I always seemed to come in second place in these types of voting things, so I don’t feel like this is something that gives me validity, but it certainly is a nice award and one that I’m really proud to have accomplished.”

Arango, referred to as “Chicho,” led LAFC with 14 objectives and added two assists in simply 17 appearances (15 begins).

The 26-year-old Colombian, who joined the group on Aug. 2, registered a hat trick towards FC Dallas on Oct. 20 and scored the quickest objective in LAFC historical past on Sept. 12 when he tallied 20 seconds right into a sport with Real Salt Lake.

Arango completed second within the league in objectives per 90 minutes (0.90) behind D.C. United ahead Ola Kamara (0.94).

“Cristian enjoyed a historic start to his career in MLS,” LAFC co-president and normal Manager John Thorrington mentioned in a news launch. “He showed that he is a dangerous striker and he quickly emerged as a leader. We are excited to see what he will accomplish with us in his second season.”

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Ryan Gauld completed second within the voting by present MLS gamers, membership technical employees and media members.

–Field Level Media

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Oct 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles FC forward Cristian Arango (29) against Seattle Sounders during the second half at Banc of California Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 7, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner (30) reacts during the second half against the Inter Miami CF at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles FC forward Cristian Arango (29) against Seattle Sounders during the second half at Banc of California Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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