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Matt Lampson (born September 6, 1989) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for LA Galaxy in MLS.

Matt Lampson
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Lampson with Chicago Fire in 2017
Personal information
Full name Matthew Tyler Lampson
Date of birth (1989-09-06) September 6, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 28
Youth career
2008 Columbus Crew
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 NIU Huskies
2009–2011 Ohio State Buckeyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Columbus Crew SC 16 (0)
2015Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) 1 (0)
2015Charlotte Independence (loan) 6 (0)
2016–2018 Chicago Fire 35 (0)
2018 Minnesota United 9 (0)
2019– LA Galaxy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 13, 2019


Youth and CollegeEdit

A team captain during his senior season, Lampson was the two-time MVP at St. Charles Preparatory School in 2006 and 2007, and was named to the 2007 All-Central Catholic League Team. The Hilliard, Ohio native helped the Crew Soccer Academy advance to the Academy National Finals in 2008. Lampson started on the Academy Great Lakes team and was a five-time Ohio South State Champion.[1]

After beginning his collegiate career at Northern Illinois University, Lampson transferred to Ohio State in 2009. He appeared in 56 career matches for the Buckeyes, posting a school record 0.86 goals against average and 24 shutouts, which ranks second on OSU's all-time list.

From 2009-11, Lampson earned numerous accolades including Big Ten co-Freshman of the Year in 2009, Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2009, All All-Big Ten First Team in 2010, All-Big Ten Second Team in 2009 and 2011, All-Big Ten Fall Academic Team in 2011, Academic All-Big Ten in 2011, and eight Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.[2][3]


Lampson representing Columbus Crew at the 2015 MLS Homegrown Game

Lampson became the second Homegrown signing in Columbus Crew history on December 15, 2011.[4]

During his rookie season in 2012, Lampson appeared in three matches, earning one start. Lampson made seven saves and recorded two wins on Aug 25 and Sept. 15. Lampson additionally appeared in the Crew's friendly against Stoke City and started the U.S. Open Cup match against the Dayton Dutch Lions on May 29.[5]

Lampson started 13 games in goal and compiled a 7-6-0 record with a 1.38 goals against average en route to five shutouts in 2013. Lampson started his first game of the season on July 7 against the Timbers and earned the shutouts in the 1-0 win. From Aug 3 through Oct 19, Lampson appeared in 12 consecutive games in goal, recording four or more saves in five straight matches. Lampson additionally appeared in one Open Cup game, a 2-1 win over the Dayton Dutch Lions on May 29. Named OhioHealth Humanitarian of the Year.[6]

In 2014, took part in the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, starting and featuring in the first half of a 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers U-23s. Played the full 90 minutes of the Crew's international friendly against Crystal Palace FC on July 23. Named the OhioHealth Humanitarian of the Year for the second consecutive season.[6]

In 2015 Lampson was loaned to USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds for one game, a 2-1 loss at Charlotte on June 13.[7] Was subsequently loaned to the Charlotte Independence for six games. Made his Independence debut against Saint Louis FC on July 4. Made seven saves against Louisville City FC in a 1-0 loss on July 11. Tallied four saves and earned the shutout in a 0-0 draw at Rochester on July 18. Had his second-straight shutout against FC Montreal on July 24. Took part in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game for the second consecutive year.[6]

On December 7, 2015 it was announced that Lampson's contract with Columbus had run out and that the club would not be renewing his contract.[8] Lampson was eligible for the 2015 MLS Re-Entry draft but was not selected.

Lampson blocks a shot from FC Cincinnati's Corben Bone in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.

Following a trial during preseason, Lampson signed with the Fire on February 26, 2016.[9] Lampson appeared in the first nine matches of the season for the Men in Red, and set a club record shutout streak for 411 minutes from March 19 through April 16. Made a career-high nine saves against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 11. Started all four games in the Fire's run to the semifinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Blocked two shots during a penalty kick shootout in the fourth round match against Indy Eleven on June 15.[10] On Nov 3 was named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year.[11]

On January 19, 2018, Lampson was traded by Chicago to Minnesota United FC. Lampson was released by Minnesota at the end of their 2018 season.[12]

Lampson was selected by LA Galaxy in the second-round of the 2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft on December 20, 2018.[13]

The LampStrong FoundationEdit

Lampson founded The LampStrong Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in 2014. The mission of The LampStrong Foundation is to provide financial, emotional and motivational support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

On April 24, 2017 announced a partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which will help promote health, wellness, and physical fitness among children and teenagers in the midst of cancer treatments.

The LampStrong Foundation donated $20,000 to Lurie Children's, the funds of which will go towards the HOT (Hematology, Oncology, and Transplant) Healthy Living Initiative.[14]


  1. ^ "Columbus Crew sign Matt Lampson".
  2. ^ "Ohio State Men's Soccer Media Guide" (PDF).
  3. ^ Matt Lampson. "Matt Lampson Profile - - The Official Athletic site of The Ohio State University". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "Columbus Crew Signs Goalkeeper Matt Lampson - - The Official Athletic site of The Ohio State University". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "USOC: Columbus stunned by late Dayton flurry in 2-1 loss". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Matt Lampson - Columbus Crew Bio".
  7. ^ "Columbus Crew SC loans goalkeeper Matt Lampson to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for weekend match". Columbus Crew SC. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "Core of Eastern Conference Champion Columbus Crew SC to return in 2016 as club exercises options on 11 contracts". Crew SC Communications. December 7, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "Chicago Fire Sign Goalkeeper Matt Lampson". February 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Chicago Fire Advance Past Indy Eleven".
  11. ^ "Matt Lampson named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year".
  12. ^ "MNUFC Season-End Roster Update". MLS. November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "The LampStrong Foundation Begins Partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital".

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