PASC is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Baker to the coaching staff for its 2013-2014 iSoccer Academy
Baker to lead the oldest of three age groups during the Club’s Fourth Annual Development Academy, for players U13 and older. Patrick Birns, PASC Director of Coaching & Player Development, excited to work closely with Matt to help players raise the level of their skills.
Matthew Baker, native of Bethlehem, PA, attended Allentown Central Catholic High School where he set school records for most goals in a season (40) most career assists (43), goals (76) and points. He earned First Team All-State, First Team All-Area and All-Lehigh Division I First Team honors. He also was named to the Salisbury All-Tournament Team. He ranked among the region’s all-time top-20 in both goals and points, becoming the 40th known player in the region to score 30+ goals in a season. Matt led the Lehigh Valley Conference and Colonial League in scoring and received Lehigh Division Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore.
After graduating from Central Catholic HS, Baker attended and played four years of college soccer at the University of Pittsburgh where he was the team leader in points and goals in his freshman year in 2006 as well as earning Big East Rookie of the Week Honors.
In 2009, Baker was voted team captain and earned Most Valuable Player distinction. Baker was a Big East Academic All-Star all four years. In 2009, Baker earned a spot on the Big East Academic All Star team. He was also selected as the University of Pittsburgh's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Baker turned professional in 2010 when he signed to play for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Second Division. He made his professional debut on April 17, 2010 in the team's 2010 season opener against the Real Maryland Monarchs and went on to make 18 appearances for the Riverhounds in his debut pro season. He earned Team of the Week honors and finished the season with three assists.
Baker asked to be released by the Riverhounds at the end of the 2010 season to pursue a career in Brazil. He received a contract offer from Flamengo Paraibano of the second division in Brazil.
Returning to the U.S., Baker signed to play for Reading United in the USL Premier Development League in 2011. While at Reading, Baker earned All-PDL Eastern Conference honors in 2011 and spent most of 2012 holding down the right back position, where he was a key contributor on a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 16 matches. Baker has also played in several Philadelphia Union Reserve team matches.