Matt Payne
    Matt Payne


    Glen Ellyn, IL

    High School:
    Lake Forest Academy

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 160



    2012 (Sophomore)
    Appeared in 22 games, started three in the backfield ... scored the first goal of his career in a 3-2 loss to Denver in the regular-season finale ... attempted 17 total shots with five on goal ...

    2011 (Freshman)
    Appeared in five games as a reserve defender.

    Before Air Force
    ODP: Played for the Illinois State ODP team for three years ... team captain one season ...selected for Region II Pool two years ... member of the USL National Camp.

    US Soccer Academy: Played for the Chicago Fire Academy U16 ... led team to national championship in 2010.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... also lettered twice in wrestling and one year in volleyball ... two-time all-section pick in soccer ... all-conference as a sophomore ... team MVP for wrestling and volleyball as a senior ... high school soccer coach was Kevin Vorsen.

    Parents are David and Toshie Payne ... has one brother, Josh ... completed Operation Air Force at Travis AFB, Calif., this past summer ... also took an aeronautical engineering class and worked the Expeditionary Skills and Evasion Training (ESET) ... active in his squadron as a training clerk ... would like to attend pilot training following his time at the Academy ... also recruited by Michigan State, Denver and Colorado School of Mines ... favorite food is sushi ... reality show he would choose to be on is Jersey Shore ... favorite book is Hunger Games ... favorite movie is Goal ... greatest moment in sports was winning the National Club Championship ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing soccer at age four ... favorite professional soccer team is Chelsea ... member of cadet squadron 2.

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