LA Galaxy name Matt Reis Goalkeeper Coach
CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, December 11, 2013) – The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has named Matt Reis as the club’s new Goalkeeper Coach. The 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, Reis retired earlier today, bringing an end to a 16-year MLS career that saw him reach MLS Cup six times. A member of the Galaxy from 1998-2002, Reis helped the club win their first MLS Cup in 2002 before being traded to the New England Revolution in January 2003. Over the course of his 16-year MLS career, Reis appeared in 288 games and made 282 starts while recording 110 wins, 1,114 saves and 75 shutouts, leaving him in the top six in MLS history in each category.
“We are pleased to have Matt join our staff and coach the club’s goalkeepers,” said LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena. “Matt’s experience as a player and knowledge of MLS will serve him well in his new role.”
A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Reis played his college soccer at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the 1997 NCAA Championship before being selected by the Galaxy in the third round (26th overall) of the 1998 MLS College Draft. He would spend the first five seasons of his professional career with the Galaxy, making 50 appearances in all competitions for the club, while helping them win the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2002 MLS Cup.
Ahead of the start of the 2003 MLS season, Reis was traded to the New England Revolution, beginning an 11-year stay with the club. A four-time All-Star and four-time finalist for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, Reis finished his career as New England’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). He also finishes his career ranked second in the club’s overall records in games played, games started and minutes played.
Reis, who will also oversee the coaching of the Galaxy Academy goalkeepers, made two appearances with the U.S. National Team and was an alternate on the U.S. 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, replaces Ian Feuer as the Galaxy’s Goalkeeper Coach. Feuer had held the role since September 2007, spending the last six plus seasons with the club.
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