Matthew Olson

Matthew Olson is a retired American soccer goalkeeper.

Matthew Olson
Director of Coaching, 2019
Personal information
Full name Matthew Olson
Place of birth Renton, Washington, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1986, 1988 Indiana Hoosiers
1989–1990 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Seattle Storm
1995 Everett BigFoot
1996 Hampton Roads Mariners
1997 Carolina Dynamo 2 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1996 Washington Huskies (assistant)
1997 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (assistant)
2004– Washington Huskies (assistant)
2004– Trinity Lutheran College (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Olson graduated from Lindbergh Senior High School. In 1986, he began his collegiate career at Indiana University where he won the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.[1] He then transferred to Wake Forest where he played the 1989 (ACC Champions) and 1990 seasons (#4 Ranking, NCAA Tournament - 2nd round).[2]


In 1989, Olson played for the Seattle Storm in the Western Soccer Alliance.[3] In 1995, he played for the Everett BigFoot. In February 1996, D.C. United selected Olson in the thirteenth round (130th overall) of the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. On March 4, 1996, D.C. United then traded Olson to the MetroStars. On April 15, 1996, the MetroStars released Olson. Olson was picked up by the New England Revolution. He then signed with the Hampton Roads Mariners for the 1996 season where he was named to the USISL All-Star team. He later re-joined D.C. United and was a member of the 1996 MLS Cup Championship team. In early 1997, Olson suffered a broken leg but returned to the USISL later in the year to play two games for the Carolina Dynamo.

He also has experience of playing in Europe having trials at Luton Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and playing a few first team games at Cheltenham Town as well as spending time with clubs in Sweden Hammarby and AIK Stockholm and Holland Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax Amsterdam.


In 1992, Olson joined the Washington Huskies as a goalkeeper coach, a position he held until 1996. In 1997, he spent one season as the goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, Wake Forest. In 1998, he became the girls' soccer coach at Skyline High School where he was the 2000 King County Coach of the Year. Over his seven seasons with Skyline, Olson took the team to a 62-26-11 record and third and fourth-place finish in the 3A WIAA state championships. On February 23, 2004, he returned to the Washington Huskies as an assistant coach.[4] He also served as the goalkeeper coach for the Trinity Lutheran College women's team. He is currently working as a Director at Eagleclaw FC and as a Staff Instructor with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).