Jan 11, 2022 9:27 PM

Kansas City Current names Matt Potter as head coach

Posted Jan 11, 2022 9:27 PM
<b>Matt Potter. </b>Photo courtesy Kansas City Current
Matt Potter. Photo courtesy Kansas City Current

KANSAS CITY - Matt Potter, former United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) assistant coach, U-23 USWNT head coach, and decorated NCAA coach has been named head coach of the Kansas City Current.

Angie Long, co-owner, said, “As we continue to assemble the best staff in professional soccer, Matt is an integral piece as head coach. He has experience working with the best players in the United States and has a fantastic reputation in the global soccer world.   We couldn’t be more excited to bring Matt to the Kansas City Current.”

Chris Long, co-owner, added, “His competitive nature, love of attacking soccer, and positive energy fits perfectly in our culture. He brings to us invaluable technical knowledge and player development skills.”

With the 2022 preseason set to begin on February 1, Potter will assume his new position with the Current immediately.

“I’m grateful to Angie and Chris Long and Brittany Matthews for the opportunity to take the club forward as its head coach.,” said Potter. “The ambition of the ownership, the quality of the people within the organization, and the energy surrounding the Current within the city and fan base is evident.”

Potter began his NCAA Division I career with Washington State in 2003, a program that had only seen three NCAA tournament appearances in its history. In nine seasons following Potter’s arrival, he led the Cougars to a school record 88 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

In 2012, Potter took the reins of the University of Oklahoma program. He led the Sooners to two NCAA tournament appearances and three double-digit win seasons.

A native of Mere, England, Potter spent his teenage years manning the central midfield for Watford FC before attending the West London College of Brunel University, where he led his team to the National British College title. Potter holds a USSF Pro License, USSF Talent Scout License, USSF A License and United Soccer Coaches Premier License.

“There is a clear vision for the Kansas City Current, both on and off the field,” stated Potter. “It’s a vision that reflects the city, its people, and sports teams with great sporting traditions built on energizing a community by aiming high and unmatched work ethic. These attributes align with my own ambition and values. I look forward to the challenge of competing in one of the premier women’s soccer leagues, with players that share that philosophy. The Current is truly on the move, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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