The playing career of Matt Reis has seen the 38-year-old goalkeeper make many fantastic saves on goal — 1,098 to date, to be exact — but as the title of this week's episode of MLS Insider (above video) implies, none of them can be close to considered "Matt Reis's Greatest Save."
The date was April 15, 2013 — a Monday afternoon in Boston — and Reis was nowhere near a soccer field. His wife, Nicole, was halfway to completion of running the Boston Marathon and Matt, alongside his children and in-laws, were on hand to cheer her on.
When the infamous pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line where Reis' father-in-law, John Odom, was standing, it was Reis who sprinted into the blast zone to Odom's aid and did nothing short of save his life — and his leg. Odom's left leg was badly injured and only Reis' makeshift belt-and-jacket tourniquet stopped the bleeding enough to get him to the hospital for multiple leg-saving operations over the following month.
The still photos and story details of Reis's heroics outlined in this episode of Insider are truly remarkable on a must-watch level.
Also on this episode of MLS Insider: You either love them or hate them, but they don't seem to care. Check out the feature on the San Jose Earthquakes' "Bash Brothers," forwards Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon. Big, tough and physical on the field, but laid back, playful best buds off it.
As always, the entire series of MLS Insider is available right here on MLSsoccer.com.