A former Whitecaps FC Prospects player, striker Matthew Chow returns to the club after spending the 2011-12 season with EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) club Fusion FC.
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2012-13: The Vancouver resident started 17 of the 28 matches for Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency, scoring five goals on the season while the ‘Caps enjoyed a 23W-8L-4D first place finish in the West Conference, Northwest Division. 2011-12: Chow started 10 of 18 matches on the season for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, scoring three goals on the year, including a game winner on April 21, 2012 against De Anza Force in a 3-1 triumph.
U-17: Won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship in Panama to help Canada qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In October 2013, Chow was called up to the Canadian roster for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The 5-foot-6 attacker began his youth soccer career with Kerrisdale in 2004 and stayed there until 2006. During this time, he also played for Whitecaps FC Prospects (2005) and Total Soccer Systems (TSS) Academy (2005-2007) at Richmond-based Sportstown. Later, he played for Richmond Youth Soccer Association from 2006 to 2009. From 2007 to 2009, Chow played for Whitecaps FC Prospects U-11 and U-13 teams before shifting to Delta Selects Metro U-14 A for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He also played for Mountain FC’s Super Y U-13 team in 2009. Then from 2010 to 2011, Chow played with Richmond United Metro U-16 A before heading to Fusion FC U-16 in 2011 for the BCSPL season. Chow then moved into the 'Caps' Residency program in late 2011, and has been a mainstay for the squad ever since. Chow was been involved with the National Training Centre (NTC) program since 2009 and was also a member of the BC Soccer Provincial Team Program at U-14 and U-15 levels in 2010 and 2011 respectively. His personal achievements include winning the National Championship with Team BC in 2010 and being named a First Team All-Star at the 2009 Super Y North American Championship.
Chow has been a student at Vancouver College since kindergarten and is currently in the 12th grade. His parents are Kevin Chow and Mei Lau.
Chow’s favourite team is FC Barcelona and the soccer players he idolizes are Barca trio Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Neymar, as well as legendary pair Pele and Ferenc Puskas. He also dreams to play at Barca's homefield of Camp Nou one day. Outside of soccer, Chow enjoys playing golf (he has a handicap of 5), basketball, video games, and listening to music.