Matt Reis Retires and Starts a New Career

Reis retired from New England, but joined LA as a goalkeeper coach
by Jamie Pham   |   Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Matt Reis announced his retirement from Major League Soccer on Wednesday after 16 years in the league and was later announced at the Los Angeles Galaxy’s new goalkeeper coach. Reis appeared in 288 games (282 starts) throughout his career with 110 wins, 1,114 saves and 75 shutouts.

“I have been truly blessed for the past 16 years,” Reis said at his press conference on Wednesday. “I’ve been able to do something that I love – play soccer for a living.

He was awarded the 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year honor last month for his heroics and saving for his father-in-law, John Odom, at the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year.

Reis has close ties to Los Angeles as he went to UCLA where he was named the 1997 NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP. He also won the MLS Cup in 2002 with LA before being sent off to the New England Revolution in 2003 (for Alex Pineda Chicon), where he would spend the rest of his career. 

Reis replaces Ian Feuer, who have had the role for the last 6 years. Along with working with goalkeepers on the 1st and reserve teams, Reis will also oversee the coaching of the Galaxy Academy goalkeepers. 

“We are pleased to have Matt join our staff and coach the club’s goalkeepers,” said LA manager Bruce Arena. “Matt’s experience as a player and knowledge of MLS will serve him well in his new role.” 

Jamie PHAM

Pasadena City College
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Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.