Matthew Maher

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Matthew Maher
Personal information
Full name Matthew Joseph Maher
Date of birth (1984-04-13) April 13, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Cape May, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2003-2006 Temple University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 South Jersey/Ocean City Barons 38 (4)
2007 Carolina Railhawks 5 (0)
2007-08 New Jersey Ironmen 13 (1)
2009 Philadelphia KiXX
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Maher (born April 13, 1984 in Cape May, New Jersey) was an American soccer defender who was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for first degree aggravated manslaughter and drunken driving. He was released from prison on August 3, 2014.


Maher grew up in Cape May, New Jersey, playing youth soccer with the Cape Express Soccer Club. He attended Middle Township High School where he was First Team All-South Jersey and Third Team All-State his junior year having tallied thirty-two goals and seventeen assists. While Maher played only seven games his senior year, he still scored twenty goals and added eleven assists, earning a scholarship offer from Temple University. Maher was also the starting point guard on the 2001–2002 Middle Township Panthers basketball team who won the Group II State Championship. Maher attended Temple University and was a four-year starter for the Owls and named to the All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team his freshman year and team captain his senior year. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in legal studies.


While in college, Maher also played as an amateur with the Ocean City Barons of the Premier Development League (PDL). He spent three seasons with the Barons and in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Barons played against the Syracuse Salty Dogs. At the time, his brother Anthony Maher was with the Salty Dogs. In the spring of 2007, Miami FC picked Maher in the first round (ninth overall) of the USL College Draft. Maher elected to finish his degree which caused him to miss the 2007 USL pre-season. Following graduation from Temple, Maher moved to Cary, North Carolina to live with his brother, Anthony, who was now playing with the Carolina RailHawks. Maher trained with the RailHawks, eventually gaining a contract offer mid-season. Maher made his first professional start against Liga MX México Primera División side Cruz Azul. In 2007, the New Jersey Ironmen of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) drafted Maher with the second pick of the MISL College Draft. During the 2007–2008 season, he was a Defensive Player of the Week, making him the first rookie to earn POTW honors. He scored his first career MISL goal on January 5, 2008 vs. Detroit Ignition. On January 7, 2009, he signed a contract with the Philadelphia KiXX of the newly formed NISL. At the time, his brother, Anthony Maher, also played for the KiXX. On March 1, 2009, Maher blew out his knee.

On March 7, 2009, Maher was driving drunk when he hit and killed Hort Kap.[1] Maher was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in January 2010.


Matthew is co-founder of "Maher Brothers Pro Touch Soccer Camp" (Maher Brothers Soccer LLC) in Cape May County.[2]

In March 2009, Maher's sport utility vehicle crashed into the rear of a minivan on the Atlantic City Expressway, killing 55-year-old Hort Kap of Philadelphia. He was convicted on aggravated manslaughter charges and sentenced to 5.5 in prison.[3] He was granted time-served credits for 35 anti-drunken driving presentations he has made at schools and colleges since pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter and drunken driving.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Story". The Matt Maher Story. 
  2. ^ "MBS Pro Touch Soccer Camp". Maher Brothers Soccer. 
  3. ^ "Maher Gets Over Five Years for Drunk Driving Death". Cape May County Herald. January 7, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mazda, Jason (April 13, 2013). "Ex-soccer player jailed in fatal DWI wants others to learn from his mistakes". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved August 6, 2014.