Matthew Dallman

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Matthew Dallman
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Dallman with Riverhounds, 2014
Personal information
Full name Matthew Dallman
Date of birth (1985-03-09) March 9, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Portland, Oregon, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2004 Westside Rangers
2004–2006 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Bradenton Academics 14 (2)
2007 Nordsjælland 0 (0)
2007–2008 SC Wiedenbrück 16 (0)
2008–2009 Arminia Bielefeld II 31 (8)
2009–2012 Sportfreunde Siegen 57 (8)
2012– Pittsburgh Riverhounds 51 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 16, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Dallman (born March 9, 1985) is an American soccer player of English descent who currently plays for Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Professional Division.


Youth, College and Amateur[edit]

Dallman played high school soccer for Hood River Valley High School, playing on the varsity team for three seasons, earning a place on the second-team all-state squad as a senior. He then attended Chico State for one year, but was a medical redshirt during his year there. In 2004, he transferred to the University of Portland, where he was the team's fourth-leading scorer, with five goals and three assists. In 2005, Dallman started 17 games at midfield for the Pilots, recording a goal and four assists during the campaign. In 2006, he played in 19 games for Portland, leading the team in points with 10, with 2 goals and 6 assists.

Dallman also spent the 2006 season with Bradenton Academics in the USL Premier Development League where he made 14 appearances and scored two goals.[1]


Attempting to take advantage of his English heritage, Dallman set up multiple trials with European clubs following the close of the 2006 college season. He first went to Bolton Wanderers on February 15, 2007 to try and earn a spot with the FA Premier League club,[2] before trying out for FC Nordsjælland and Bayern Munich II.[3]

After completing his trials, and waiting for offers from clubs, Dallman decided to sign with FC Nordsjælland, formally agreeing to a contract on March 19, 2007. The deal was short-term, and kept him with the Danish club until the end of their season. He never received playing clearance from the league, and only played with their reserve squad.[4]

Following his short stint with Nordsjælland, Dallman went on trial with Swedish side IF Bunkeflo.[4] However, the two sides could not reach an agreement. Eventually, Dallman signed short-term with SC Wiedenbrück in Germany and appeared in 16 matches without scoring a goal before leaving the club. After trials with VfL Wolfsburg and Bolton Wanderers, Dallman agreed to a two-year deal with German club Arminia Bielefeld where he made 31 appearances and scored eight goals for their second team. He then moved to Sportfreunde Siegen and spent two and a half seasons with the club before being released in January 2012.

After his release from Sportfreunde Siegen, Dallman returned to the United States and was invited into training camp by Major League Soccer club Chivas USA with an opportunity at earning a roster spot.[5] Despite not making the squad, Dallman continued to train with Chivas and made several appearances for their reserve squad before joining USL Pro club Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He made his debut for the club on July 27, 2012, in a 4-1 victory over Antigua Barracuda.[6] In total, Dallman appeared in 4 matches, tallying 1 assist in 314 minutes, after joining the club near the end of the 2012 season.[7]

For the 2013 USL Pro season, Dallman appeared in 23 of 26 regular season matches for the Riverhounds and became a central figure in the offense. In total, he scored two goals and tallied 12 assists meaning that he assisted on exactly one third of Pittsburgh's 36 goals for the season. His 12 assist total was enough to put him tops in the league in that category for the season and set the all-time record for assists in a single season in the process.[8] With 16 points, Dallman was also 21st in the league in that statistic.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Dallman's father played soccer for Portland State, and his great-grandfather, Roderick Welsh, played professionally for Portsmouth and Port Vale of the English First Division.


  • USL Pro single season assist record (12, in 2013)
  • USL Pro All-League First Team: 2013[10]


  1. ^ Bradenton Academics 2006 stats
  2. ^ Bottom, Matt (18 February 2007). "Trotters Take Trialist". Bolton Wanderers Mad. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bayern II Dallman's next stop". Yanks Abroad. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Winger, Chad (27 June 2007). "Dallman pondering Superettan chance". Yanks Abroad. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey C. (3 March 2012). "Former UP Pilot Matt Dallman looking for a roster spot with Chivas". Oregon Live. The Organian. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Riverhounds Romp Past Antigua". United Soccer Leagues. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012 Statistics". USL Pro. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "USL PRO Honors Announced". USL Pro. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "USL PRO 2013 - Top 10 Leaders". USL Pro. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
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