Matt Clare came to the San Diego Sockers after being the go-to guy for goals in Wichita. He is one of two Americans to be a part of the Arena Soccer World Cup Champions in the 2015 WMF World Cup in the United States and then go to Tunisia with the United States in the WMF World Cup in 2017 to defend their title.
After growing up with the beautiful game (in addition to being a professional outdoor soccer player, Matt’s father John played indoors for the Canton Invaders and Tulsa Ambush) and playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Matt eventually found his place as the leading scorer for the Wichita B-52s. He earned his place on the United States National Arena Soccer Team and found his new home in San Diego with the Sockers.
Matt talks about his youth and his time with the Rowdies in Tampa Bay. He is quite candid in his feelings about his time in Wichita with both the Wings and the B-52s.
He ended up being a pretty shady guy.
He discusses the 2015 and 2017 WMF World Cup experiences. During the 2015 campaign playing seven games in eight days in different cities around the USA, and then in 2017 going to Tunisia, he talks about the locals’ embrace of the event, and how they responded to the USA team.
In San Diego, Matt has become a veteran leader and fully willing to play whatever role is necessary on the field to best achieve the desired results…A WIN! And to this point Matt has proven more than successful as the Sockers move into the post-season as the champions of the Pacific Division.
The coaches sat me down. The first thing I said to them was, ‘Look before you guys start, I realize that I’m putting myself before the team.’
Matt emphasizes the Sockers intention to command the defensive side of the field, and in that regard the Sockers approach the playoffs as the stingiest defense in the MASL.
This interview was conducted a couple of days prior to and posted just following Matt scoring a hat trick before half time of the February 24th home game vs. the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. While his own goal scoring is still a huge asset he brings to the Sockers, Matt Clare is constantly on both sides of the ball.
As a fan I have enjoyed watching Matt’s contributions to the Sockers. This was an fun interview and I hope you enjoy it in its entirely UNCUT version.