Matt Watson (footballer)

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Matt Watson
Personal information
Full name Matthew Watson
Date of birth (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Redditch, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2005 UMBC Retrievers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Richmond Kickers 41 (10)
2008–2011 Carolina RailHawks 107 (8)
2012–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 36 (0)
2014– Chicago Fire 37 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 August 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Watson (born 1 January 1985) is an English footballer currently playing for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.



Watson grew up in England, but chose to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the United States. He played two seasons for the UMBC Retrievers in 2004 and 2005. Following the 2005 season, Watson chose to forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility to turn professional.[1]


In 2006, Watson signed with the Richmond Kickers of the USL Second Division. That season, he played in all twenty-four Kickers games as the team took both the regular season and playoff titles. In 2007, Watson and his team mates again took the regular season title, but lost in the final of the USL-2 Championship to the Harrisburg City Islanders. Watson was named a USL-2 first team All Star.[2] In April 2006, the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) selected Watson with the third pick in the MISL Draft.

During the 2006–2007 season, Watson scored ten goals in twenty-nine games as the Blast failed to qualify for the playoffs. In his second season, he broke his toe, putting him out for much of the season. However, he did win his second professional championship as the Blast won the 2007–2008 title. While playing for the Blast, team mate Jonny Steele, a member of the 2007 Carolina RailHawks convinced him to join the RailHawks. On 12 December 2007, the RailHawks signed Watson for the 2008 USL First Division season.

Watson rejoined the Baltimore Blast for the 2010–11 indoor season, scoring 14 points in 18 regular season games.[3] He went scoreless in the championship game, one which the Blast lost. In 2011 he returned to Carolina RailHawks and helped the club to the NASL regular-season title.

Watson joined up with former RailHawks manager Martin Rennie when he signed for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on 16 December 2011.[4] He was a starter at the beginning of the season before he suffered a leg injury.

On 5 March 2014, Watson was traded to Chicago Fire in exchange for an international roster slot.[5]


Watson earned his US green card in 2012.[6] This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.


  1. ^ "Matt Watson Leaves Men's Soccer Program to Pursue Professional Soccer Career". Retrieved 16 December 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "USL-2 All-League Teams announced". 16 August 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Blast 2010–11 player statistics". Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Watson reunites with Rennie". 1 January 1985. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquires Matt Watson from Vancouver Whitecaps FC". 5 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Matt Watson obtains United States green card | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". 1 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

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