Fred Matthes joins Club 9 Sports and NISA with over 26 years in Professional Soccer and 32 years in Professional Sports experience in the United States, specializing in business operations in the areas of Ticket Sales & Service, Fan Engagement, Venue Consulting and Grass Roots promotions..
Matthes was part of Major League Soccer in D.C. United’s front office from the league’s outset in 1995 where their ticketing and service departments were named in several seasons as winners of MLS Ticketing Awards, and have continually been regarded as one of the elite organizations in Major League Soccer. His tenure with the Club lasted for 17 seasons until 2012.
Matthes also helped in the outset of Women’s Professional Soccer while assisting the Washington Freedom of the WUSA as they played their early years at RFK Stadium, and later in Germantown, MD as part of the WPS. He also volunteered as the new Washington Spirit began play in the current NWSL for a season.
Matthes has also been directly involved with the ticketing sales & operations of almost every other major soccer event staged in the Washington, D.C. area over the past 25 years including 1994 USA World Cup, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, US World Cup Qualifiers (’98, ’02,’06), CONCACAF Champions Cup Finals (’97, ’98), CONCACAF Champions league matches (’05, ’06, ’07, ’08), the Inter-America Cup Final (’98), The US Open Cup Final (’96, ’08), MLS Cups (’97, ’00, ’07), MLS All Star Game (’02, ’04), Women’s World Cup (’99, ’03), Women’s Washington Freedom matches in WUSA & WPS leagues, and US Men’s & Women’s National Team, Gold Cup and other International friendlies at RFK Stadium & FedExField.
A California native growing up in Cupertino, CA, Matthes graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications where he was also a goalkeeper with UCLA’s Varsity soccer team for three seasons playing under head coaches Steve Gay and the late Sigi Schmid.