Matt Lampson signs with the Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire have signed goalkeeper Matt Lampson. It’s a one-year deal with an option for the 2017 season.

He spent the 2012-2015 seasons with the Columbus Crew SC. He was on loan to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Charlotte Independence, where he made a combined seven appearances.

“Matt has proven himself as a winning goalkeeper in MLS,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez said. “His character, work ethic and resiliency are all important additions to our team and reflective of what our club values.”

Following his collegiate soccer career at The Ohio State University, he signed his initial contract with Crew SC in Dec. 2011. He then made his MLS debut in Aug. 2012 when he came in during the second half of the Crew SC’s 4-3 win over the New England Revolution.

During the 2013 season, he started all 13 games. He made 43 saves and had a 1.38 goals against average and had five shutouts.

Lampson may appear tomorrow night as the Fire close out their Simple Invitational in Portland, Ore. as they face the Portland Timbers, the reigning MLS Champions, at 7 pm. The match will be available through

“Honored to have been given the opportunity to do everything I can to help @ChicagoFire win #mls cup this year. @shedd_aquarium (Shedd Aquarium in Chicago) here I come,” Lampson wrote on Twitter.

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