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5-7 months recovery ahead for New England ‘keeper Matt Reis

Nov 11, 2013, 7:18 PM EST

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Bad news for the New England Revolution today: the team announced that veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis will require 5-7 months to recover from surgery to repair a left quadriceps tendon tear.

The injury occurred in the dying seconds of his team’s loss to Sporting Kansas City in last week’s second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. So the injury did not impact the outcome of his team’s series with Sporting KC, the Revolution’s first playoff matches since 2009. But it will impact 2014.

This is all assuming that Reis returns in 2014 – and seeing how strong the man toward the end of his 16th MLS season, let’s all hope he does. Reis will turn 39 early next year.

In the very best-case scenario, Reis would be back on the training ground at the beginning of April next year. That’s the earliest possible return, which puts him back on the field more than a month into the season.

The less optimistic outcome has Reis getting back into action about three months into the season.

The club does have Bobby Shuttleworth, a highly capable backup who even took the job from Reis for a while this year. So the cupboard is hardly bare.

Reis went 7-0-4 on the year; he was the first MLS goalkeeper to go undefeated in a season with more than 10 appearances.

  1. hildezero - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Bad luck for him. I think he’ll retire in the off-season. He’s too old for a soccer player. With this injury will set him back.

  2. dreadpirate82 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Huge bummer. I always liked Reis, except when he was standing on his head against Sporting KC. He was also a lot of fun to watch in pregame. Dude has some ridiculous ball skills.

    Having torn my quad playing football in college, I do not envy him in his recovery. 15 years later, I still feel the effects of that injury.

  3. hildezero - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    So you’re saying his playing days are over? If you do. Then damn. Sucks.

  4. mvktr2 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    When I began intently following MLS 5 or 6 years ago I really wasn’t impressed with Reis, he just didn’t endear himself to me. Over time I’ve come to respect his play, almost like him. Hope he heals fully and quickly.

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