HT: 5' 11" WT: 162
Age: 18 (7/10/1999)
Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA.
2017: 18 GP, 18 GS, 1 G, 1 A in 1,607 min.
Matt Real had a strong first full season with Bethlehem Steel FC, scoring a goal and adding an assist in 2017. Real made 17 appearances, all starts, and saw the field for 1,607 minutes. He made season debut starting at left back at Toronto FC II on May 13 and continued to start the next two matches. Returned to the starting XI against Richmond on July 1 and helped the club to a shutout in a start against New York Red Bulls II on July 9. Started vs. Pittsburgh on July 15, playing for the first time at right back and followed up with a start on the left wing at Richmond on July 22. Continued to start at right back at Ottawa Fury FC on August 5 but switched back to left back for six of the last seven matches of Steel FC’s season. Real tallied his first professional assist against Tampa Bay on September 27 and scored his first goal in the regular season finale against Saint Louis FC on October 15. Real started in the club’s USL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Louisville City FC, playing the full 90 minutes.Real signed with Bethlehem Steel FC out of the Philadelphia Union Academy system on Jan. 17, 2017.
2016: 2 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A in 84 min.
Appeared in two matches as an amateur with Steel FC in their inaugural season, logging minutes against Rochester Rhinos and Toronto FC II.
2013-2016: Joined the Philadelphia Union Academy in 2013 and made 26 appearances with the U14 squad. Followed up with 19 matches for the U16 team in 14-15 and combined for 27 appearances with the U18s over the past two seasons.
2017: Was called up to the United States Men’s National U-18 team twice. Started the year by being called up for the 2017 U-18 Lisbon International Tournament, where he started in all three matches for the club at left back against Japan, Norway and Portugal. In October, Real was call-up for the team's final U-18 camp in Spain.
2015-16: Has received callups to the U.S. U18s, traveling with the team to tournaments in Czech Republic, Argentina and Mexico.
Off the field interests:
Hobbies outside of soccer: video games
Favorite places to travel: Brazil
Profession if not playing soccer: Not sure
Most memorable soccer memory: Winning a tournament as a member of the U.S. U18s in Czech Republic.
Favorite soccer player: David Alaba
Growing up, I pretended to be: Ronaldinho
1)Loves to travel the world thanks to his Brazilian father.
2) Has started a small tattoo collection.