According to Soccer
America, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens joined
Norwich City on trial in January 2008.
Pickens played college soccer for Southwest Missouri State University
from 2000 to 2003, as well as playing for the Chicago Fire Reserves.
Upon graduating, Pickens was drafted 19th overall in the 2004
MLS SuperDraft by the Fire. He was not able, however, to break
through a deep lineup of Fire goalkeepers, which initially included
Henry Ring and D.J. Countess, and later Zach Thornton. He was
loaned out for much of the year to the A-League Virginia Beach
Mariners, where he played 290 minutes, allowing only 3 goals.
During the latter half of 2006, after an injury to Zach Thornton,
Pickens started in goal for the Fire. Pickens has been the Chicago
Fire's starting goalkeeper for the 2007 season and has become
a fan favorite nicknamed "Slim Pickens" by the Section
8 supporters group
Upon leaving Norwich, Matt trialled with Preston before joining
QPR on 7th February 2008 on a short term contract until the end
of the 2007/8 season. This was not renewed
In the early part of 2009, Matt signed for he Colorado Rapids.