Matt Van Oekel

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Matt Van Oekel
Personal information
Full name James Matthew Van Oekel
Date of birth (1986-09-20) September 20, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Real Salt Lake
Number 24
Youth career
2004 Longwood Lancers
2005–2007 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Minnesota Thunder 1 (0)
2010–2014 Minnesota United FC 70 (0)
2015–2016 FC Edmonton 54 (0)
2017– Real Salt Lake 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 25, 2017.

James Matthew "Matt" Van Oekel (born September 20, 1986) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.


Youth and College[edit]

Van Oekel played one year of college soccer at Longwood University before transferring to Rutgers in his sophomore year. With Rutgers, he played in 47 games and earned 20 wins.


Van Oekel signed with Minnesota out of college in 2008, after impressing staff at the Thunder combine in February 2008.[1]

He made his professional debut on September 13, 2009, in 1–1 draw with Montreal Impact,[2] and was released at the end of the season when the Thunder failed, before being picked up by their successor NSC Minnesota Stars, in April 2010.[3]

Minnesota United FC, now playing in the North American Soccer League, re-signed Van Oekel for the 2011 season on March 11, 2011.[4] Minnesota announced in December 2011 that Van Oekel would return for the 2012 season.[5]

Van Oekel signed with Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake on December 22, 2016. On March 25th of 2017, Van Oekel had his first MLS start with Real Salt Lake tallying three saves against The New York Red Bulls. [6]


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