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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Reaction to Reis' retirement

By ESPNBoston.com

Here's some reaction to Reis' retirement from former teammates and others:

Mike Burns, General Manager, New England Revolution (2005-present): “Matt has been the longest tenured player in the history of the Revolution and has set the standard to which all other goalkeepers will be measured for a long time to come. Notwithstanding all he has accomplished on the field and his success as a player, he has also been a tremendous ambassador for the game in all of his admirable charity work conducted in the community. On behalf of the Revolution, I want to wish him and his family all the best as he moves into the next stage of his career.”


Jay Heaps, Revs teammate (2003-09) and head coach (2012-present): “For me, the best teammates make the players around them better and Matt Reis certainly did that during his amazing career. As Matt's teammate for eight seasons, he made me a much better player because he always made the incredible seem attainable. Whether it was a timely save or his uplifting attitude in the locker room, Matt will retire as one of the greatest goalkeepers this league has ever seen.”


Taylor Twellman, Revs teammate (2003-2010): “I first heard of Matt Reis when I watched him in the 1997 College Cup, where he had the game of his life against Virginia in the semifinals, making like 11 saves or something ridiculous. So in 2003 when we acquired him, we knew we were getting a guy who could be a game-changer for us, and that’s something he proved true throughout his career. However, outside of everything that Matt did on the field during his whole career, what Matt did for his father-in-law after the Boston Marathon bombing will be the greatest highlight of his life. I'm proud to call Matt a teammate, but also more importantly, a friend.”

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