Matt Pickens | Goalkeeper Coach
Pickens enters his first season as a full-time coach after a 15-year professional playing career. The goalkeeper was selected as the 19th overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire and went on to win the 2006 Lamar U.S. Open Cup with the club. After a stint in 2008 with Queens Park Rangers in England, Pickens returned to the States where he joined Colorado Rapids. Overall in his MLS career, Pickens appeared in 156 matches between Colorado and Chicago, with over 13,000 minutes played, 57 wins, 40 shutouts and a goals-against average of just 1.25.
Pickens to this date remains the Colorado Rapids all-time franchise leader for a goalkeeper in career starts (116), minutes played (10,336), wins (41) and shutouts (29) as well as 2010 MLS Cup Champion. Pickens is third in Rapids history in goals-against average (1.27) and saves (312). After his time in Colorado, Pickens moved to the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Nashville SC in the USL Championship. In 2018 Pickens played a crucial role for Nashville in earning back-to-back playoff spots in the club’s two years in the USL Championship. The 37-year old finished his participation in the USL Championship with 38 regular season clean sheets and winning the 2019 Golden Glove award. In total, Pickens finished his playing career with 322 appearances.