Matt Reis

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Matt Reis
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-03-28) March 28, 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1994–1997 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Los Angeles Galaxy 39 (0)
2000 Orange County Waves (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2013 New England Revolution 254 (0)
Total 300 (0)
National team
2006–2007 United States 2 (0)
Teams managed
2014– Los Angeles Galaxy (goalkeeper coach)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 10, 2013.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 3, 2009

Matt Reis (/rs/; born March 28, 1975) is an American former soccer goalkeeper and current goalkeeper coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He represented his country in Soccer at international level.



Born in Atlanta, Reis played college soccer at UCLA. He finished his college career with an NCAA Championship in 1997, and was named 1997 NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP after recording 20 saves - including a school-record 11 in the semifinals - and posting 221 shutout minutes on the way to the title.


Reis was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the third round of the 1998 MLS College Draft. However, with Kevin Hartman firmly entrenched in the nets, Matt did not see much playing time during his five seasons in LA; the most games he played in a season was 16 in 2001 when Hartman was out with injuries. In 2000, the Galaxy sent him on loan to the Orange County Waves for seven games.[1] Reis was traded to New England Revolution in January 2003 in exchange for Alex Pineda Chacón and a second-round pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.[2]

With the Revs, Reis started out as a backup to Adin Brown, but won the starting job midway through the 2004 season. He became the first goalie in MLS history to stop two penalty kicks in one playoff game, doing as the Revs upset the much-favored Columbus Crew. He also saved two out of four penalties in the penalty kick shootout against the Fire in the first round of the 2006 Playoffs. Reis was a finalist for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in both 2005 and 2006. He won the SuperLiga in 2008 and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2007 with the Revs.

Reis retired following the 2013 season, joining the Los Angeles Galaxy as goalkeeper coach.[3]


Reis got his first cap for the United States on January 22, 2006, a 0-0 shutout against Canada.


Luis "El Lobo" Fangoso

Reis was considered to be a bit of a jokester among his teammates and in the soccer community. As an April Fools Day prank in 2004, the Revs' front office announced their newest foreign acquisition, Luis "El Lobo" Fangoso, who eventually turned out to be Matt Reis wearing a shaggy wig and headband. Although the initial joke died down fairly quickly, Reis' antics helped him win over many Revolution fans (to this day, Revs fans occasionally make joking references to Fangoso when discussing possible player transactions). On April 1, 2007, the Revolution announced that they had resigned Fangoso to a 2-year deal.[4]

Reis, who is bald, also convinced Mexican international José Manuel Abundis, who had just signed with the team, to shave his head for the 2006 MLS Playoffs. This has enabled Reis to achieve cult status among Revs fans who know him as the "Shaven headed, short sleeved shot stopper".

Reis is married to Nicole Reis (née Odom), who was an All American Softball player at UCLA. They have three boys. He is the son of J.T. and Kathy Reis of Mission Viejo, California, and he has one older brother, Mike.

On 15 April 2013, Reis was present at the Boston Marathon bombings where he saved the life of his father-in-law (John Odom), whose legs had been pierced by shrapnel, causing two severed arteries.[5]




United States
Los Angeles Galaxy
New England Revolution


  1. 2000 Orange County Waves
  3. "LA Galaxy name Matt Reis Goalkeeper Coach". LA Galaxy Official Website. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. "Boston Marathon bombings: Ex-MLS keeper on saving a life". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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