We created SocceredUp to share our families’ passion with the world — and to help you nurture your own. We’ll teach you about the game and share with you many of the people, places and things that have fostered our love of the game.
Here’s a little more about the SocceredUp.com team:
Founder and Editor-In-Chief
Until a couple of years ago, I was pretty much your typical American when it came to soccer. I played it when I was a kid (as my picture shows), pretty much forgot about the sport for about two decades — except for when the World Cup came around — and then had a kid who fell in love with the game.
My family has gone a little soccer-crazy since then. We’ve been learning about the game, watching it on TV or in person every chance we get and growing more and more passionate about the game. I wanted to create something to help others do the same. Thus, SocceredUp.com was born.
In my day job, I’m a nationally-recognized personal finance expert, who has appeared as an expert source by such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Today Show, the CBS Evening News and the Washington Post. Previously, I led online news teams for two TV stations and a newspaper in Austin, Texas, as well as a college sports website, a personal finance website and an investing website. And before all of that, I was a sportswriter, having written for such media outlets as the Associated Press, Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News.
But above all, I’m a husband and dad. When I’m not working, you can usually find me playing, watching or talking about some sort of sport with my son or having a date night with my wife.
Email Matt at Matt@socceredup.com.
I can’t remember a time when soccer wasn’t a major part of my life. In fact, I can remember being a tiny little tot and scoring, not even knowing what I had done, but knowing that it made everyone happy and therefore made me happy. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, where soccer is king, and it ruled my life. We spent so many weekends traveling around the southwestern part of the country for soccer tournaments. I was lucky enough to play soccer in high school and college, earning a soccer scholarship at St. Edward’s University, after red-shirting my freshman year at Indiana University. After my soccer career was over, I coached for several years, winning two state championships with two different teams.
My passion for the game has switched to my children now, with one about to enter into select soccer and another playing in his first year. They are both still learning the game, but I am lucky that I know enough to share with them everyday.
By day, I am still “coaching,” — serving as an elementary school principal where I can help students grow and learn in their lives everyday. I get to come home to my wife and three brilliant boys, that do just about everything under the sun, including soccer.