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Following retirement, MLS veteran Matt Reis rejoins LA Galaxy as goalkeepers coach

New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis

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Matt Reis is headed back to the club where he got his start.

The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday that Reis has been named as the club’s new goalkeeper coach, in the wake of the 38-year-old veteran’s retirement from MLS earlier in the day.

A member of the Galaxy from 1998-2002, Reis helped the club win their first MLS Cup in 2002 before being traded to the New England Revolution in January 2003. Over the course of his 16-year MLS career, Reis appeared in 288 games and made 282 starts while recording 110 wins, 1,114 saves and 75 shutouts, leaving him in the top six in MLS history in each category.

“We are pleased to have Matt join our staff and coach the club’s goalkeepers,” LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “Matt’s experience as a player and knowledge of MLS will serve him well in his new role.”

Reis will also oversee the coaching of the Galaxy Academy goalkeepers. He replaces Ian Feuer as the Galaxy’s goalkeeper coach. Feuer had held the role since September 2007, spending the last six plus seasons with the club.

A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Reis played his college soccer at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the 1997 NCAA Championship before being selected by the Galaxy in the third round (26th overall) of the 1998 MLS College Draft.

He spent the the first five seasons of his professional career with the Galaxy, making 50 appearances in all competitions for the club, while helping them win the 2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, the 2001 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and the 2002 MLS Cup.