Matt was influential in building out youth scouting networks from the ground up for the some of the top clubs in Major League Soccer. He now is Director of Scouting for the Soccer Syndicate.
In this episode of our 2020 SF Glens Webinar Series, Matt will dive into the details of creating a scouting network and following the proper protocols set forth by the leagues.
Matt constructed the first domestic scouting network in Major League Soccer when the New York Red Bulls and Jeff Agoos hired him in 2008. He would later join Peter Vermes at Sporting Kansas City to strengthen their scouting operation; the club would capture the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Matt's next stop was Portland Timbers FC in 2015 under Caleb Porter and Gavin Wilkinson, where as Director of Domestic Scouting, he was part of an organization that won the MLS Cup that season. Now with The Soccer Syndicate, Matt continues to work on the concept of discovering talent for every path meaning that each club should have its own mix of Homegrown Youth Academy developed players, domestic and international players developed in the college ranks, whether 4 years or less, and young pros who fit the KPIs and profiles for the club.