Friday, July 10, 2009

National Team Training Camp

Here is a video from Fox News 10 which came to our game.

US Deaf Soccer on Fox News 10

In the month of June 18-21 our U.S. Deaf National Soccer team went to Pensacola, FL for training camp. We had training sessions and played two games and tied both games 1-1 and 2-2, against Bayside Thunder U-18and Perdido Bay Futbol Club's U-17 team. In the second game I scored two goals and lead 2-0 before Perdido Bay team came back with 2 goals in final 20 minutes. The temperature of the day had reached to 100 degrees. The new players was invited to the training camp for the tryout. We will be able to add players in the final team roster for Deaflmpics in Taipei, Taiwan.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Matt's highlights at Real Maryland FC

Former Gallaudet University soccer player Matt Eby have signed with Real Maryland FC, a new professional soccer team in Maryland. He is believed to be the only Deaf one in the United States. Perhaps the most accomplished American was Silver Spring's Curtis Pride, who started for the U.S. under-17 national team in 1985 World Championship in China before pursuing baseball and playing for six major league teams.
Real Maryland F.C. is an American soccer team, founded in 2007. The team is a member of the (USL-2) United Soccer Leagues Second Division, and will make its competitive debut in 2008. They will play their home games in the Championship Stadium at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the town of Boyds, near Germantown, Maryland. The team's colors are white and gold.
Check this out Matt's Real Maryland Player Feature:

Check this out Matt's Washington Post interview:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Gallaudet University 2003-2007

Matt Eby was named to the second team, All-CAC for the third straight years. Over the 2006 season, Eby scored six of the nine team goals. He was also recognized as the October Athlete of the Month by Gallaudet Athletics. Eby ended his soccer career with 21 goals scored, and was considered to be one of the top defenders within the Capital Athletic Conference. The Lancaster, PA native contributed the winning goal in 2006 over Southern Virginia University in an away match. In April 2007, Eby earned top honors as the Gallaudet Male Athlete of the Year. He will continue to help lead the Bison over his service as assistant coach to head coach Larry Musa for the 2007 season.

Issue: June 21, 2007 By Sports Information Director Oscar Ocuto

Meet the 2007 Male Student-Athlete of the Year– Matt Eby

When you want a definition of hard work, Matt Eby is most likely your go-to answer. The Pennsylvania native was born and raised in Lancaster, Pa. and played four years of high school soccer and basketball. As a starting junior guard, the Lancaster Mennonite Blazers went to the Pennsylvania State Final Four and posted a 21-10 season. Blazer soccer proved fruitful as well, garnering 20+ wins and a State Final Four trip with Matt as a defender. During his senior year, Blazer basketball went 21-5 and soccer amassed a healthy 20-4-4 record.
Matt brought his lifelong passions for soccer and basketball to Kendall Green when he enrolled at Gallaudet in the fall of 2003. Gallaudet is a home of sorts for him; he met Kim Erickson (now Eby), his wife, and they have a 5-month-old son, Trenton. Matt also continued his excellence on the soccer pitch, scoring 21 goals as a defender over 4 years, in addition to being named to the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All-Conference 2nd team for three years in a row. In his final season, Matt had a game-winning goal against Southern Virginia to help notch another victory for the Bison soccer team under Coach Luis Gendive.
The 6’2 Gallaudetian is also continuing to prove his mettle as a hoopster on the hardwood, playing in his third year for Coach James DeStefano and the Bison Men’s Basketball team. When asked about his most memorable basketball moment to date, Matt’s eyes lit up and a smile crossed his lips as he recounted the buzzer-beater half-court shot he made in the closing seconds of a game against CAC newcomer Hood College. “We were down the whole game, and my shot won it by three in the last seconds. It also was my best game where I scored 17 points,” he said, the proud smile still etched on his face.
That same boyish smile crossed his face when he talked about the day he became a father. “It was hard seeing Kim go through so much labor—I was surprised, because we had been thinking it might be a girl. We didn’t know the gender, and it was a nice surprise after all. The whole experience touched my heart.”
Hard work defines Matt Eby, because he has not let up in sports, or in life. Not only does he play soccer and basketball, he also is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, works as a weekend Staff Residential Assistant for Campus Life, and balances school as well as family life. Matt plans to graduate with a major in Physical Education and have a 3.0 GPA or better to go with the degree.
When speaking about family life, Matt mentioned a role model: “My middle brother, James—because he was always helping me out growing up, coming to my soccer games and interpreting for me.”
This father, student, and athlete is a man of few words, one who leads by action and example, on and off the playing venues. He plans to continue playing for the Bison hoopsters, since he redshirted one year due to an injury prior to competing on the national soccer team for the 2005 Deaflympics. His goal for basketball? “To have a .500 season, and go to the CAC championships!”

Questions & Answers

Q: Who is your favorite film star in movies right now?

A: For the Male, I’d go with Bruce Willis. Female I’d have to say Jessica Biel.

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?

A: I’d have to say it was always something to do with sports, Physical Education was my major in college and I’m current Physical Education teacher.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do other than U.S. Deaf Soccer team?

A: Spending time with my family, watch sports on TV, playing for Florida Deaf Club Basketball.

Q: What advice would you give to high school students who constantly state that their goal is to become professional player?

A: Keep your priorities in line and make sure that you always have something to fall back on. Important to stay disciplined in their practice habits and school work. You would have lot sacrifices in going out, hanging out with friends, and you have to live in the gym and make the commitment.

Q: In your mind, what will constitute a successful Deaflympics for the U.S. Deaf National Team?

A: In my opinion, the first part is that we’ve got to get consistently good efforts every training, something we haven’t had in a couple of months. To advancing to second round is the first success, then go from there. It is almost true that with any team once you make it to the second round, we'll have a more realistic chance to win it all.

Biography of Matthew Eby

Matthew Eby was born March 24, 1984 in Lancaster, PA. Matthew has been part of U.S. Men's Deaf National Soccer team since 2003. In 2008 he also helped his U.S. Deaf National Soccer team to best ever 4th place in US Deaf Soccer history in 1st World Deaf Football Championship in Patras, Greece. Here is a year by year break down of Matthew's Soccer career in international, college and high school.


This incoming September we, U.S. Men’s Deaf National Soccer Team will be compete in 21st Summer Deaflympics Games which be held in Taipei, Taiwan this September 5-15 2009.


Matthew signed one year contract with Real Maryland FC Professional Soccer team, the United Soccer Leagues (USL) he was also named the one and only Deaf Professional Soccer player in America according to Washington Post. Matthew started 4 games out of 11 games. Due to international duty with U.S. Men's Deaf National team, he missed 10 games with Real Maryland.
The U.S. Men's Deaf National Soccer team went to the inaugural 1st Deaf World Cup in Patras, Greece. We trained there for nine days. We placed forth place that is the best we’ve done as a team and in the U.S. Deaf National Soccer history.


The U.S. Men's Deaf National Soccer team went to the international match in England. We played two games against Harrisons FC 1-0 win and semi pro club Heath Hayes Town 5-1 loss before traveling to London to take on Great Britain Deaf National team. The U.S. actually created more chances but poor finishing resulted with a 0-0 tie. This was a major step forward for the U.S. team. Great Britian who defeated Iran in the Gold medal game to claim their status as the best Deaf soccer team in the world in 2005 Deaflympics games in Melbourne, Australia.


The U.S. Men's Deaf National Soccer team went to 20th Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia. We trained there for nine days. We had fielded the most talented team in history. We went on to defeat two more European teams, Greece and the Czech Republic on our way to a 9th place finish, after losing to Turkey and Italy in first round.

College Career 2003-2007:

Matthew finished career at Gallaudet University with 21 goals scored as a defender. He received school's Male Athlete of Year in 2007. He was named Capital Athletic Conference All Conference 2nd team for three straight years 2004-2006 and was considered to be one of the top defenders in the Capital Athletic Conference. He also serve team captain for three years. In his final season, Matt had a game-winning goal against Southern Virginia to help notch another victory for the Bison soccer team under Coach Luis Gendive.
Matthew also played for Gallaudet University basketball team under James DeStefano. In 2005-2006 season was his memorable basketball moment Matt recounted the buzzer-beater half-court shot he made in the closing seconds of a game against CAC newcomer Hood College. His team were down the whole game, and his shot won the game by three in the last seconds. Matt scored 17 points in this game. The team ended up with 15-14 record.
Eby, who recieve a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education, and minor in Athletic Coach in 2007.


His full name is Matthew Lynn Eby. Matthew is a Physical Education Teacher at Preparatory School of National Deaf Academy, a Psychiatric Residential Facility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Autism. He resides in Mount Dora, FL with his wife Kimberly, two sons, Trenton(three) and Kona (one).
Matthew's dream to be a Deaf professional soccer player and winning a gold medal at Deaflympics.

Career highlights:

2007 Gallaudet University Male Athlete of Year
2006 Capital Athletic Conference, 2nd Team All Conference
2005 Capital Athletic Conference, 2nd Team All Conference
2004 Capital Athletic Conference, 2nd Team All Conference
2003 Named to U.S. Men's Deaf National Soccer Team

High School:

2000-2003 Lancaster Mennonite High school, Lancaster, PA
Member Varsity Boys’ Soccer team 2000-2002, Two-time first team All-Star selection 2002,2001
2002 Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships, 2001 PIAA State AA Semifinalist
Member Varsity Boys' Basketball team 2001-2003 All Defensive Team for basketball,
2002 Basketball PIAA State AAA Final 4, 2003 Sectional Champions