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Matthew Nelson
Matt Nelson
Personal information
Full name Matthew Nelson
Date of birth November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12) (age 32)
Place of birth    Tampa, FL, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club free agent
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Cape Cod Crusaders
Boston Bulldogs
Kilkenny City A.F.C.
South Jersey Barons
Virginia Beach Mariners
Harrisburg City Islanders
Vancouver Whitecaps (loan)
Crystal Palace Baltimore
Harrisburg City Islanders
12 (0)
03 (0)
16 (0)
19 (0)
90 (0)
18 (0)
03 (0)
06 (0)
0 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23 July, 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Matthew Nelson (born November 12, 1977 in Tampa, Florida) is a goalkeeper most recently on the books of USL Second Division side Harrisburg City Islanders.

Playing career

He started off playing with Cape Cod Crusaders, and South Jersey Barons of the USL Premier Development League. In 2003 he signed for the Virginia Beach Mariners where he was a key performer for the club, playing their until 2006. During his four seasons in Virginia Beach, he recorded a 32-38-18 record and 23 shutouts.

In 2007 he signed with Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division, where he enjoyed a very successful regular season with Harrisburg. Recording a league-leading 10 shutouts and a 10-4-4 record, and also recorded the league’s second best goals-against-average at 0.611 and was selected to the USL-2 All-League Second Team. And helped Harrisburg win the USL Second Division Championship.

On July 27, 2007 the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired him on loan for the remainder of the season, where he played the final three games for Vancouver. The Whitecaps had talks with Nelson in regards to the 2008 season, but Nelson chose not to return to Vancouver.[1]

Nelson signed for Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USL Second Division on April 7, 2008. In the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Nelson saved three penalties in a penalty shoot out against his former team, the Islanders, to send Palace through to the next round against MLS side Red Bull New York. Against the Red Bulls Nelson kept a clean sheet and made seven saves which helped send Palace through to the quarter finals of the competition against the New England Revolution. Palace released Nelson from his contract on July 18 2008 and he was reacquired by the Harrisburg City Islanders for the remainder of the 2008 season.


  1. ^ "New 'Caps goalie", 24 Hours Vancouver, January 24, 2008; retrieved January 24, 2008.


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