Matthew Allan Baker was born at Anaheim General Hospital October 6th 1982. Matthew instantly became Matty which turned into Matty Meatball by the age of two.
Matty was also a water sport athlete like his two older brothers but was a little bored with the normal way of doing things and so there he was at age 4, the only Baker to actually fall asleep while water skiing!
Matty was introduced to soccer a few years later and fell in love with the sport. The first team he played for was the Golden Eagles at age six where he became the leading goal scorer on his team. He had a nose for the goal and would bury shots with his sweet left footed toe punches.
The next year he was drafted on to the Outlaws, a team he would finish his AYSO career with. While on the Outlaws Matty set a single season record for region 67 scoring 82 goals, who would ever guess he was only a few years away from becoming a full time goalkeeper.
In 1993 Matty joined the Claremont Stars club where he continued his scoring ways and earned the nickname "Bear Hair" because of his afro/mullet that would shake as he went to goal.
Not long after playing for the Stars Matty's interest was leaning towards defending the goal. He started messing around playing some back up keeper on his Legacy FC team and was coerced into trying out for a team called Breakaway from Pasadena. So Matty went on a trial as a goalkeeper and made the team.
Breakaway was coached by Cherif Zein and he knew how to put the pressure on immediately by signing the team up for the inaugural Nike Premier Cup qualifying tournament held at Cal St. Fullerton. Breakaway made the finals and were in a penalty shootout when they called on Matty to make a save. Matty ended up making 3 saves during the shootout and putting his team into the U.S. finals tournament held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
During his senior year in high school came Matty helped his varsity soccer team win one of the school's only league titles.
Once high school was over Matty avoided going to college and instead moved to Hawaii with his brother Josh where they surfed and played in a band. The band named No Bare Feet gained instant success and was on the radio in Hawaii on Star 101.9 for quite some time. However No Bare Feet broke up when Matty and his manager at the time Greg Baker decided to create So Cal Training, LLC.
Having been recognized among Southern California's premier trainers the Blues brought the Baker Boys to Rancho Capistrano to hold their private lessons for Blues Players. The boys have now joined the Blues Coaching Staff adding even more star power to one of the nation's top coaching staffs.