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Reis named MLS humanitarian of the year

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was voted the 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year for his actions at the Boston Marathon bombings, and his fundraising efforts on behalf of his father-in-law, John Odom, who was injured in the bombings.

A press release from the Revs details Reis’ actions that day:

Reis has been a mainstay in goal for the Revs for almost a decade, but on April 15, 2013, he made the save of his life when he saved his father-in-law’s life at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing. Reis, who had been standing in the same place as Odom just minutes before, rushed back in to the blast site to tend to Odom, who lay critically injured feet from the initial blast site.

Using his belt and jacket as make-shift tourniquets to stem more significant blood loss, Reis curtailed Odom’s blood loss enough for first responders to be found and brought to Odom. Odom remained at Boston Medical Center for more than two-and-a-half months before being released to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he worked as an outpatient for two-and-a-half more months before finally returning home to Southern California in September.

In August, as Odom recovered from his life-threatening injuries and re-learned to walk, Reis raised more than $125,000 for the John Odom Recovery Fund at his annual golf tournament, where Odom opened the tournament with the ceremonial tee shot.

“Matt has always been a tremendous ambassador for our club, but his actions and response on April 15 really showed how amazing of a person he is,” New England Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “Matt has been our team’s humanitarian of the year the last three years for his fundraising efforts for various charities, but this year he absolutely deserves league-wide recognition from his peers, clubs around the league and media.

“Throughout his family’s ordeal with John, Matt balanced everything and continued to be an advocate for the bombing victims while being a leader for our team,” Bilello continued. “His stellar performance at the end of the season just reiterated what a tremendous impact Matt has for our club on and off the field.”

Reis was injured in the Revs' playoff loss to Sporting Kansas City and underwent surgery on his left quadriceps. He will need five to seven months to recover.