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Coach Matthew Olson

Director of Goalkeeping

Coach Matthew Olson

Phone: (206) 909-2410




  • USSF 'A' License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • US National Goalkeeping License

Coaching Experience: 

  • ECFC 2006 to present: won Washington cup with M99 boys in 2011, promoted boys U-16 Green to P1 in 2009, won boys U-19 State Cup Championship in 2006, and won 2002 U-15 Commisioner's State Championship.
  • Currently professional match evaluator for Major League Soccer
  • One year as Assistant Coach at Pacific Lutheran University
  • 5 years as Assistant Coach at University of Washington
  • One year Assistant Coach at Wake Forest University

Playing Experience:

US Experience:

  • Major League Soccer – DC United, won MLS Cup 1996.
  • New England Revolution and New York MetroStars.
  • A-League Hampton Roads Mariners, Carolina Dynamo (League Finalists).

European Experience:

  • Sweden – Hammarby IF, AIK Stockholm, Holland – Vitesse Arnhem, AJAX Amsterdam, England – Luton Town, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich Albion, Cheltenham Town.

College Experience:

  • Indiana University, NCAA National Champions 1988
  • Wake Forest University, Atlantic Coast Conference Champions, 1989


  • 2003 King County Coach of The Year, Skyline HS Girls Soccer

Coaching Philosophy

Matthew Olson works with Field Players and Goalkeepers on technique and tactical improvement and fine tuning. As a youth soccer player growing up in Seattle, Matthew sharpening his playing skills on local fields. From his dogged/demanding training regime, he created opportunities to play soccer collegiately as well as professionally around the world. In transitioning to coach, he has studied from some of the great soccer coaches nationally and internationally. Matthew brings an energy and excitement about the game and uses his experiences to train youth, ODP and college players in preparation for the playing level they aspire to. "Successful players repetitively train a variety of skills to develop a strong playing foundation, from there a strong and competitive mindset is advantageous to successfully handle the demands of the game; these are value-added areas I help my players grow".

Coach Matthew Olson's Wikipedia page


Emerald City FC exists to develop each of our players to his or her fullest potential, competing at the highest possible level while demonstrating exemplary teamwork, sportsmanship, and a passion for the game.