Polster with Chicago Fire in 2017
|Full name||Matthew Ryan Polster|
|Date of birth||June 8, 1993|
|Place of birth||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Defensive Midfielder|
|2011–2014||SIU Edwardsville Cougars||79||(6)|
|2014||Chicago Fire U-23||3||(0)|
|2015–2016||United States U23||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 January 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 28, 2018
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Polster played his youth soccer at Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club. He attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he played for the SIU Edwardsville Cougars. While with the university, Polster earned many honors including 2014 NSCAA All-West Region First Team selection and 2014 NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team selection.
On January 15, 2015, Polster was selected as the 7th overall pick by the Chicago Fire during the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and was signed to a contract on February 4. During his rookie season for the Fire, Polster has played an important role as a holding midfielder, drawing praise from league commentators for his precise passing and defensive capabilities, he earned recognition as Soccer by Ives 'Rookie of the Week' on three occasions during the 2015 season. In December 2018, Polster had a trial with Scottish Premiership team Rangers.
In January 2016 Polster received his first call up to the senior United States squad for friendlies against Iceland and Canada. Polster did not appear in any of the two matches. Two years later, he was called into January camp again for a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- As of 22 January 2019
|Club||Season||League||US Open Cup||North America||International||Total|
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- "Rangers trial for American full-backs Matthew Polster and Andrew Gutman". BBC Sport. December 18, 2018.
- "Matt Polster signs for Rangers". Rangers Football Club. January 30, 2019.
- "Evans, Orozco Released to Club Teams as MNT's January Camp Winds Down".
- "Sarachan Calls 30 Player Roster to National Training Center for 2018 January Camp". ussoccer.com. United States Soccer Federation. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- Matt Polster at Soccerway
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