New England Revolution claim veteran goalkeeper Matt Pickens through Waiver Draft
A day after being released by the Colorado Rapids, veteran goalkeeper Matt Pickens has found a new home in MLS.
The New England Revolution announced Friday they have claimed the 31-year-old through the Waiver Draft, and have added him to the roster. Per team policy, additional details of the deal were not released.
Pickens is entering his 12th professional season. With the Rapids since 2009, Pickens suffered a broken arm in the third league game in 2013 and missed most of the season. After recovering from the injury, Pickens became the backup to Clint Irwin, who emerged as a fulltime starter in the veteran's absence.
For his career, which also includes a stop in Chicago, Pickens has 156 appearances, including 154 starts. He has a career goals-against average of 1.25 and has posted 40 shutouts, while leading his teams to a 57-56-42 combined record.
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After beginning his career with the Fire in 2004, Pickens made his first appearance in 2005. With spot starts for two seasons, Pickens assumed the starting goalkeeper role in 2007, when he made 27 starts and posted a 1.15 GAA and 10 shutouts while going 9-8-10 on the season.
Pickens moved to England’s Queens Park Rangers in 2008 and played the second half of the 2007-08 season there, but did not return following the end of the campaign. In January 2009, Chicago traded his MLS rights to Colorado.