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Report: Pittsburgh’s Matt Baker one of 20 called back to train with the Philadelphia Union in January

December 14, 2009 10 comments

According to the an article in the Morning Call, Matt Baker, a standout senior midfielder at the University of Pittsburgh, has been called back to train with the Union in January. Baker played 54 71 games during his career with Panthers, starting 52 68 times, according to the University of Pittsburgh website. He has five career goals and six ten assists. Two of those goals were game winners.

From the article:

Baker, who starred at the University of Pittsburgh for four years, isn’t as confident in the whole combine system, but has already been invited to try out for the new Philadelphia Union after being one of fewer than 20 players selected from a tryout pool of more than 1,000 this fall.

”I have mixed feelings,” the Central Catholic graduate admitted of the combine. ”Of course I’m happy knowing it’s an opportunity, but knowing you can play at the next level and never getting the chance is also a possibility.”

Baker, whose foot skills are breathtaking when he takes opponents one-on-one, also got a call to tryout for the Portland (Ore.) Timbers of the USL 1, and has sent tapes to teams in Brazil and Greece.

Many thanks to reader Prime, who pointed this out to me a few days ago but that I managed to overlook thanks to my all too common obtuseness.