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Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis retires

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Legendary New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis today announced that he is retiring from professional soccer after a 16-year career in MLS.

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

Reis, 38, is a four-time MLS All-Star and a four-time finalist for MLS goalkeeper of the year. Reis concludes his career ranked in the top five in almost every MLS career goalkeeping category: games played in goal (fourth, 282), games started in goal (fourth, 288), minutes played in goal (fourth, 25,936), wins (fifth, 110) and saves (fifth, 1,114). He was also sixth in shutouts (75). He tops every Revolution club goalkeeping record and won MLS Cup in 2002 and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and 2007.

“Trading for Matt Reis was one of the best acquisitions the Revolution has ever made,” said Revolution Investor/Operator Robert Kraft.

After playing collegiately at UCLA, Reis began his professional career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1998 when the club drafted him in the third round (26th overall) of the 1998 College Draft. After serving as back-up keeper in his first five seasons in LA, in January 2003, he was traded to the Revolution. After serving as the back-up his first season, Reis became the starter in 2004.

Reis started all three of the Revolution’s three-straight MLS Cup appearances (2005, 2006 and 2007) and won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and the 2008 SuperLiga titles with the Revolution. He retires as the Revolution’s longest-tenured player in club history, playing for the team for 11 seasons. Reis closes his playing career as the Revolution’s all-time leader in goalkeeper appearances (254), goalkeeper starts (253), goalkeeper minutes played (22,697), goals against average (1.31), wins (93), saves (989), shutouts (66) and saves percentage (72.3).

"Matt Reis was a fantastic player to play with, he always wanted to win," said former Revs teammate Steve Ralston. "He's a bit of a practical joker in the locker room, knew how to keep everyone loose but also knew when to get serious. On the field, he was a great competitor, always organizing the team and constantly communicating."

Outstanding final season

Reis posted his best results in his 16th and final season, 2013, despite injuries and a devastating family tragedy stemming from the Boston Marathon bombings. In and out of the lineup until mid-August. Reis returned to goal in strong form and posted one of MLS’ best-ever seasons for a goalkeeper.

Reis became the first-ever goalkeeper in MLS to go undefeated after making 10 or more starts, going 7-0-4 on the year. His 0.72 goals against average led MLS and was also the best season mark in his career. Sparked by Reis’ stellar play, the Revs surged up the standings, jumping from seventh place to third place in the final month of the campaign and into the playoffs. New England faced MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series, but Reis suffered a quadriceps tendon tear in the final minutes of the second leg of the series.

Reis made his U.S. National Team debut in 2006, posting a shutout against Canada and one year later, he earned his first international win with a 3-1 victory against Denmark. He was a regular at National Team camp under Bruce Arena and an alternate to the 2006 U.S. FIFA World Cup squad.

Reis was a four-time winner of the team’s humanitarian of the year award, and capped his career with the 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year honor for his life-saving heroics and fundraising for a Boston Marathon bombing victim, his father-in-law, John Odom. Reis also launched the Matt Reis Charity Golf Challenge and from 2011 to 2013, he raised more than $350,000 for various charities.



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