Revs claim goalkeeper Matt Pickens through Waiver Draft

Revs pick up former Fire, Rapids goalkeeper

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution today claimed goalkeeper Matt Pickens through the Waiver Draft, and he has been added to the team’s roster. Per club policy, further contract details were not released.

Pickens, 31, has played 11 professional seasons, including 10 in Major League Soccer. He has spent the last five years in Colorado, where he started all 116 matches he appeared in since 2009. For his career, which also includes a stop in Chicago, Pickens has 156 appearances, including 154 starts. He has a career goals against average of 1.25 and has posted 40 shutouts, while leading his teams to a 57-56-42 combined record.

After beginning his career with the Fire in 2004, Pickens made his first appearance in 2005. With spot starts for two seasons, Pickens assumed the starting goalkeeper role in 2007, when he made 27 starts and posted a 1.15 GAA and 10 shutouts while going 9-8-10 on the season.

Pickens moved to England’s Queens Park Rangers in 2008 and played the second half of the 2007-08 season there, but did not return following the end of the campaign. In January 2009, Chicago traded his MLS rights to Colorado, where Pickens has been since.

He holds the Rapids’ franchise records in career games in goal (116), shutouts (29), and wins (41). He started two matches in 2013 before suffering a broken arm. He missed the majority of the season and then served as the back-up upon his return. Colorado waived Pickens yesterday, making him available in today’s Waiver Draft.