The Fire announced on Friday that they have added Clint Mathis to the team as an assistant coach.
The Former United States National team veteran previously served as the Los Angeles Galaxy Camps and Clinics Supervisor. Mathis becomes the only former offensive player to join head coach Frank Yallop's technical staff.
“Clint always played with an edge and was one of the most dynamic strikers to play in MLS,” Yallop said. “He has a wealth of knowledge from his playing career, both domestically and abroad, and at his most recent position with the Galaxy he gained invaluable experience developing young talent. He will be a great asset to our coaching staff, especially from an offensive perspective.”
After a standout collegiate career at the University of South Carolina, Mathis was drafted sixth overall in the 1998 MLS College Draft by the Galaxy. He mas made 283 combined professional appearances with the Galaxy (1998-2000, 2010), New York MetroStars (2000-03), Hanover 96 (2004-05), Real Salt Lake (2005, 08-09), Colorado Rapids (2006), New York Red Bulls and Ergotelis (2008). He finished his career with 67 total goals. Mathis also added 12 goals for the U.S. National team.
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In 2000, Mathis set an MLS record for goals scored in a single game with five against the Dallas Burn. He retired from professional soccer on Aug. 7, 2010.
Mathis joins Fire technical director Brian Bliss, assistant coach C.J. Brown and goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde on Yallop's staff.