The LA Galaxy today named Matt Reis their new goalkeeper coach, replacing Ian Feuer who was hired by the Galaxy in 2007. Reis will oversee the first team and academy keepers in his new position, which will bring him back to the club he played with from 1998 to 2002.
Over the course of his sixteen year career, Reis made 288 appearances and recorded 110 wins. He's in the top-six all time for MLS saves and shutouts. Former coach Feuer helped shape Josh Saunders into an everyday starter and coached Donovan Ricketts during his MLS Goalkeeper of the Year season in 2010.
However there were struggles at the keeper position earlier this season with Carlo Cudicini never making the adjustment to MLS. Combine those struggles with the sudden availability of an MLS veteran with SoCal ties and the story is clear.
"We are pleased to have Matt join our staff and coach the club's goalkeepers," said LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena. "Matt's experience as a player and knowledge of MLS will serve him well in his new role."
Reis is Arena's first hire at the goalkeeper coach position, as Feuer was hired before Arena. Reis is a SoCal native who played his college soccer at UCLA where he won the 1997 NCAA Championship. He made 50 appearances in his first five years in MLS with the LA Galaxy.