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Matt Pickens

Matt Pickens #18

Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6’3
Weight: 201 lbs
Born: April 5, 1982
Hometown: Washington, Missouri
Previous Club: Tampa Bay Rowdies
College: Missouri State University

Career

Missouri State (2000-2003)
  • Led team in saves in 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Recorded 5th highest single-season save total in program history in 2001 with 103 saves
  • Fourth highest in career saves in program history with 268
  • Third most starts and wins in program history with 58 and 28, respectively
Chicago Fire (2003-2007)
  • 2003 – Chicago Fire U23 Premier
    • 16 matches played
  • 2004
    • Drafted 15th overall in the  2004 MLS SuperDraft
    • Won 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  • 2004 – Virginia Beach Mariners (Loan)
    • Three matches played
  • 2005
    • Five matches played with three starts
  • 2006
    • 11 matches started
    • Two MLS Cup Playoff starts
  • 2007
    • 30 matches started totaling 2,700 minutes
    • Three MLS Cup playoff starts
Queens Park Rangers (2008)
  • 2008
    • Three reserve squad starts
    • Missed part of season with injury
Colorado Rapids (2009-2013)
  • 2009
    • 19 matches played totaling 1,710 minutes
  • 2010
    • Won 2010 MLS Cup Championship over FC Dallas 2-1
    • 33 matches played totaling 3,030 minutes
    • Seven Clean Sheets
    • Four MLS Cup Playoff starts
  • 2011
    • 38 matches played totaling 3,420 minutes
    • Three MLS Cup Playoff starts
  • 2012
    • 33 matches played totaling 2,956 minutes
    • One Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup start
  • 2013
    • Two matches played
    • Seven Rapids reserve squad matches played totaling 630 minutes
New England Revolution (2014)
  • 2014
    • Signed through MLS Waiver Draft
    • Two matches played
Tampa Bay Rowdies (2014-2017)
  • 2014
    • 14 matches played
    • Two shutouts
  • 2015
    • 24 matches played with 23 starts totaling 2,070 minutes
    • Seven shutouts
    • Named NASL ‘Player of the Week’ (Week Seven)
  • 2016 - Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
    • Started in all 33 matches
    • 2,970 minutes played
    • Nine shutouts
    • Two U.S. Open Cup appearances
    • One U.S. Open Cup shutout  
  • 2017
    • 31 matches played with 30 starts
    • 2,804 minutes played
    • 2017 USL Eastern Conference Third place finish
    • 10 shutouts
Nashville SC (USL, 2018)
  • 2018
    • Started and appeared in 32 matches
    • Secured 14 clean sheets, the second most in the USL
    • Finished the season with a 76.2% save rate, the best in the Eastern Conference
    • Made 93 saves, the third most in the USL
    • 2018 Nashville SC Most Valuable Player

International

  • Part of five U.S. Men’s National Team training camps

Personal

  • Matt is married to his wife, Loubna, and has 2 children, Sofyan and Kameliah.