Victoria Highlanders alumni and United States international signed today from his MLS Chicago Fire following a successful trial period and Polster is excited to start his career with the storied club.
“This is something that I’ve always dreamed about doing. As a little boy, a lot of people would know that I wanted to play in Europe, before even going to MLS,” stated Matt Polster. “To finally do it, for this kind of club has left me feeling speechless in a way. It’s been busy, my fiance and I traveled to Paris to get our work visas and we were able to get that done and fly back here.”
Polster joined the Victoria Highlanders based on a recommendation from well-known Victoria native, Simon Keith. A close family friend and mentor of Matt Polster in Las Vegas, Nevada, Simon knew that the Highlanders would be a great stepping stone for his development.
“In 2013, the Highlanders and the Northwest Division of the USL were the perfect fit for Matt,” stated Simon Keith. “Getting an opportunity to play against the Whitecaps U23, Timbers U23 and Sounders U23, all MLS sides were what made the Highlanders an attractive option for Matt at that time of his development.”
“I’m proud that a kid for Las Vegas – which is not a strong a soccer community as Victoria – got the chance to play at a high-level in MLS for four years and now to be able to play for the Glasgow Rangers. It’s astounding!”
Rangers FC are well known to Victoria soccer fans after visiting the city in July 21, 2014 for an exhibition friendly match at Centennial Stadium versus the Victoria Highlanders FC. Rangers FC, of the Scottish Premiership, boasts one of the largest and most loyal fan followings in the world and are currently coached by Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard.
Having sampled the famous Ibrox atmosphere during his time on trial at the match against Hamilton, Polster was fulsome in his praise of the club.
“First time I came on trial, we played against Hamilton and the atmosphere was incredible.” Speaking about his objectives for his time at the club, Polster said: “It’s obviously to grow as a player and to develop, but I want to get into the team to play and start games, that’s my goal.”