Columbus signed goalkeeper Matt Lampson to a multi-year Homegrown contract on Thursday. Lampson is the Crew’s second Homegrown player after the signing of Aaron Horton during the middle of last season.
Lampson most recently completed his junior year of college playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The goalie started his college career at Northern Illinois where he redshirted his freshman year before transferring to the Ohio State University, near his hometown of Hilliard, Ohio. He was eligible for a Homegrown contract due to his time in the Crew Academy, helping the U-17/18 team to finish third at the Development Academy National Finals in 2008.
A powerful and tall goalie, Lampson is already among one of my favorite Crew players. Everyone loves a hometown hero, but it is Lampson’s battle against cancer that secures his place near the top of my list. Diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007, he has fought and overcome the disease and is now in remission. You have to be a strong individual to beat cancer, and Lampson was not only able to do that, but also continue pursing his dream of playing professional soccer.
Current Crew goalies William Hesmer and Andy Gruenebaum will be great learning tools for the young Lampson to use. Hopefully he can continue to progress and will be the netminder of the future in Columbus.