Matt Polster

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Matt Polster
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Polster with Chicago Fire in 2017
Personal information
Full name Matthew Ryan Polster
Date of birth (1993-06-08) June 8, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender / Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 25
Youth career
2010–2011 Colorado Rapids
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 SIU Edwardsville Cougars 79 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Victoria Highlanders 4 (0)
2014 Chicago Fire U-23 3 (0)
2015–2018 Chicago Fire 83 (3)
2019– Rangers 1 (0)
National team
2015–2016 United States U23 11 (0)
2018– United States 1 (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

Matt Polster (born June 8, 1993) is an American professional footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Polster chases FC Cincinnati's Marco Dominguez during a 2017 U.S. Open Cup match.

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.[1] 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.[2] In December 2018, Polster had a trial with Scottish Premiership team Rangers.[3]

Rangers[edit]

On January 30, 2019, Polster signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Scottish Premiership club Rangers.[4]

International[edit]

In January 2016 Polster received his first call up to the senior United States squad for friendlies against Iceland and Canada.[5] 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.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 January 2019[7]
Club Season League US Open Cup North America International Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chicago Fire 2015 MLS 30 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
2016 MLS 27 2 3 0 0 0 30 2
2017 MLS 22 1 2 0 0 0 24 1
2018 MLS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Career total 83 3 9 0 0 0 1 0 93 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chicago Fire sign first-round SuperDraft pick Matt Polster to contract". Major League Soccer. February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Matt Polster". April 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rangers trial for American full-backs Matthew Polster and Andrew Gutman". BBC Sport. December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Matt Polster signs for Rangers". Rangers Football Club. January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Evans, Orozco Released to Club Teams as MNT's January Camp Winds Down".
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Matt Polster at Soccerway

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