Reis to retire after 16-year career in MLS

Reis to retire after 16-year career in MLS
December 11, 2013, 10:00 am
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Longtime Revolution goalie Matt Reis is retiring from professional soccer after a 16-year career in MLS, the team announced on Wednesday.
 
At 38 years old, Reis owns every Revolution goalkeeping record and has decided to close the book on one of the most prolific careers in MLS history. He was a member of six teams that played for an MLS Cup championship, including three with New England. He also won both major championships in U.S. professional soccer, including MLS Cup (2002) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2001, 2007).
 
“I have been truly blessed for the past 16 years,” Reis said in a statement. “I’ve been able to do something that I love -- play soccer for a living. There have been many coaches who have influenced my development and helped get me to this point, and I have played with some fantastic players, many of whom are friends for life. I have played for two amazing organizations over the years. Both of those owners, the Kraft family and Mr. Anschutz, are deeply committed to ensuring soccer thrives in the United States. Because of their guidance, MLS has come a long way in the last two decades, and I am very proud to have played my whole career in this league and with these teams. I also want to make sure the fans know how much I’ll miss them, too. They’ve made this amazing ride more fun to be on through the years.”
 
Reis split his professional career between the Los Angeles Galaxy (1998-2002) and the Revolution (2003-13). He is a four-time MLS all-star and a four-time finalist for MLS goalkeeper of the year. He ranks in the top five in almost every 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).
 
“Trading for Matt Reis was one of the best acquisitions the Revolution has ever made,” said Revolution Investor/Operator Robert Kraft. “On the field, he was an elite MLS goalkeeper who set every career goalkeeping record in club history. He was a respected leader, both on the field and in the locker room, for more than a decade. He quickly became a fan-favorite and, for much of his career, was one of the faces of our franchise.
 
“Off the field, he was a tremendous ambassador for the Revolution, participating in countless community events throughout New England and earning MLS Humanitarian of the Year honors this past season. We will miss his steadying presence on the field, his constant presence in the community and his quick wit in the locker room. We thank Matt and his family for their many contributions and wish them the very best in the future,” Kraft said.
 
Reis started all three of the Revolution’s three-straight MLS Cup appearances (2005, 2006 and 2007) and also 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 – longer than any other player.
 
He is 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). He also finishes his career ranked second in the club’s overall records in games played, games started and minutes played.
 
“Matt has been one of the most outstanding and inspirational members of our club for a decade, and we want to thank him for all of his remarkable efforts, both on and off the field,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “He’s been a model representative of the Revolution and has helped us reach great highs during his time in New England. It’s tough to see him end his playing career and know he won’t be back out on the field next year, but we want to wish him and his family nothing but the best in the next stage of their life.”
 
Last season, Reis led the Revs into the postseason to face Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series, ultimately ending his career with a quadriceps tendon tear in the final minutes of the second leg of the series.
 
The Revs will hold a press conference at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to announce Reis' retirement.