Crew Player Matt Wiet talks about his DDL experience

New Columbus Crew defender Matt Wiet credits his time with the Dayton Dutch Lions as a great transition between college soccer and MLS.
“It was nothing but a positive experience,” the Worthington Kilbourne High School graduate stated. “It definitely helped. And I think there will be a lot of players to benefit from the experience.”


He praised the Dutch Lions’ family-oriented attitude and found everyone from the coaches to the front office staff to be incredibly welcoming and helpful.
The Columbus native recently became the Crew’s sixth Homegrown Player after an exemplary collegiate career at both Indiana and UCLA. He claimed a laundry list of awards during his time there, including Big Ten All-Freshman, Defensive MVP, Second Team All-Pac-12, and First-Team NSCAA All-Far West Region honors. He would go on to log four starts with DDL in a shortened USL PRO season.
It is no wonder that the Crew swooped in to sign Wiet, especially since he was a highly touted prospect in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft.


But signing with a team that has embraced the Homegrown program certainly has its benefits.
“I’ve played in the Crew’s system. I know the system. Having good friends like Chad (Barson), Ben (Speas), and Wil (Trapp) on the team is really helpful. They were the trailblazers, paving the way for players like me.”


Wiet admits that the 2014 Crew will be a different team from last season, but he is excited for the opportunity.
“For them to put faith in me, it’s an honor. I’m excited to play for a great city. This is my home. I want to make an impact.”


Wiet seems primed to do just that, on and off the field. And it all started with an opportunity to play in USL PRO with the Dayton Dutch Lions. Hopefully the Crew’s affiliation with DDL will launch even more careers moving forward.

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    All practices and games of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Men’s team (USL PDL) and Women’s team (USL WPSL) will be at the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Soccer Complex in West Carrollton. The stadium seats 3500 people. In 2014 the Dayton Dutch Lions FC and Dayton Outpatient Center (DOC) installed an new artificial turf field in the stadium. DOC Stadium was opened in May 2014 when former 2x “FIFA Best Player in the World” Ruud Gullit kicked off the game against LA Galaxy II in the USL PRO League.


    The address is: 5833 Student St., West Carrollton, Ohio, 45449

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