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Alumnus Matt Rose makes MLS team

Matt Rose, a December PLNU graduate, earned his spot on an MLS –Major League Soccer -soccer team through the Portland Timber’s T2 U-23 team in Oregon. The decision to add Rose to the roster was finalized at the end of March.

“T2” is a term for the second team. Despite not being on the first team, he has the opportunity to train in close proximity with them and use the same facility.

Rose was a transfer from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the fall of 2013. Being a top recruit, he brought a lot to the table here at PLNU. Due to NCAA eligibility rules, he was unable to play for the 2013 season, but played a role as a supportive teammate and a practice player. In his solo eligible season, he contributed five goals which helped keep their winning streak alive.

Rose attributes much of his success to Head Coach Phil Wolf and the opportunities he encountered while at PLNU.

“Coming to Point Loma changed my life, as it allowed me to get healthy mentally and physically,” said Rose. “I will always think of Coach Wolf as a father figure and [I am] grateful for [him] giving me a second chance.”

Wolf and Rose both said that the change in environment from UNC to PLNU and the opportunity to play soccer here helped Rose grow on and off the field.

“It always feels great for a coach and a program when a player is able to move onto the next level,” said Wolf. “First, it says that the players that you are getting to come to play at Point Loma are talented enough. Secondly, it says that players are being developed and pushed as players in our program. Any successful program needs both things to happen.”

Rose could be found on his day off on the soccer field working on his quick feet, his shots and his fitness. Sophomore defender Tyler Allen said Rose had a competitive nature and drive.

“He gave a different dynamic to the team,” said Allen. “He has a drive to win and compete whether he is in practice or a game. It was all the same to him. He deserves to be where he is now because of the effort he has put in and the sacrifices he has made. Congrats to him for making this become a reality.”

Rose is thankful for his time at PLNU.

“I’m extremely blessed with my God-given talents. God has provided me with people in my life that have helped turn things around and get to a level that I have always wanted to be at since I was a kid,” said Rose. “In retrospect I think my story separates me from other athletes which I hope will ultimately reflect back on Jesus and show that He does change lives.”

Tune into Fox Sports 1 on April 19 to see The Timbers take on New York City FC.

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