MLS Save of the Year
Take a moment to grab the Kleenex box- don’t say I didn’t warn you.
There’s not much that can be said to follow that up, but seeing it did leave me with a less weighty football question: Do MLS clubs do “testimonial matches” for their players? Matt Reis has been with the club for 11 seasons now and here are his accomplishments with the Revolution and in the parts of five seasons he played with the L.A. Galaxy:
- Active leader in appearances (242)
- Active leader in starts (241)
- Active leader in minutes played (21,702)
- He holds every New England career goalkeeping record: games played in goal (242), games started in goal (241), minutes played in goal (21,702), goals against average (1.34), wins (86), saves (960), shutouts (61) and save percentage (.721).
- He has 73 career shutouts
- He has over 1,098 career saves.
- He has 106 career wins.
- He established a club record shutout streak by going 386 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal in 2009.
- He was voted to the 2007 and 2008 MLS All-Star Games as a “First XI” (top vote-getter) selection.
- He is a four-time MLS All-Star.
- He is a four-time finalist for MLS goalkeeper of the year (2005-08).
- Only four other goalkeepers have played in more MLS matches.
- He currently ranks 18th all-time in minutes played in MLS.
- He earned 2 caps with the USMNT
- He was on the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning team.
- He was on the 2001 and 2007 U.S. Open Cup winning team.
- He won the MLS Cup in 2002.
- He won the Supporter’s Shield in 1998 and 2002.
- He won the 2008 North American SuperLiga
All of this despite missing most of 2010 and 2011 through injury.
How about a testimonial match with the proceeds going to one of the many causes he supports- the Johnny Damon Foundation – for Boston’s Children’s Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (2011-12), or Grassroot Soccer (2011)?