The eyes of the sporting world are on Qatar as the World Cup gets underway; the US is in Group B along with Iran, Wales, and England.

When the US Mens National Team takes to the pitch, a couple of Garden State players could see time (we won’t know it either one is starting until the games start). The US plays Wales in their first game.

Matt Turner, one of the team’s goalies, is from Park Ridge. Matt went to St. Joe’s for high school, where he started playing soccer as a way to stay in shape for his main interests, baseball and basketball. When the goalie for his freshman team got hurt, Matt volunteered to replace him and it turned out that he was pretty good.

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He went on to play collegiately at Fairfield University in Connecticut; he signed as a free agent with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution after graduation and played for them from 20016-2022.

Turner made his debut with the US Mens National team in 2021, and was named “best goalkeeper” in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting all six games.

He is currently playing for Arsenal in the prestigious Premier League in England.

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The other Jersey born player is Brenden Aaronson of Medford, a midfielder/wing. He has been called “one of the crown jewels of the newest generation of USMNT players.”

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He’s known as the “Medford Messi”; that’s a big name to live up to.

Brenden attended Shawnee HS for one year before enrolling at the Philadelphia Union’s YSC Academy where he finished high school. He went on to play for the Union after going pro playing for them in 2019-2020.

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After playing in Austria for a year, Brenden signed earlier this year with Leeds, also in the prestigious Premier League in England.

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