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UC Davis alum signs with lower division club in Germany

Matt Sheldon, who played four seasons with the Aggies and played for Republic FC in a friendly last summer, signed with SG Kinzenbach in Germany.

The UC Davis logo with a soccer game and bike riders in the background. University of California at Davis. Davis, California. Taken February 2, 2015.
The UC Davis logo with a soccer game and bike riders in the background. University of California at Davis. Davis, California. Taken February 2, 2015.
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Former UC Davis midfielder Matt Sheldon signed a contract with lower division German club SG Kinzenbach earlier this month.

The two-time All-Big West second-team selection played four seasons for the Aggies from 2011-2014, finishing his career with 15 goals and 7 assists.

A native of Portland, Oregon, seven of Sheldon's career goals were game-winners, matching current San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa's mark.

"He had the dream to become a professional and he worked extremely hard to become one," Aggies head coach Dwyane Shaffer said in a news release on the program's website. "He will do well as a pro because he has tremendous pace and an excellent work ethic."

Sheldon joins Amarikwa (2006-2008), Orange County Blues midfielder Jacob Barron (2009-2010), Saprissa defender Ramon Del Campo (2011-2014), Yxhults IK midfielder Elliott Hord (2010-2013) as UC Davis alumni in the professional ranks.

Sheldon spent some time training with Sacramento Republic FC last season, making one 45-minute appearance off the bench in a friendly against Liga MX club Atlas FC last July. He has also played for Ventura County Fusion and San Jose Earthquakes U23 in the PDL.

SG Kinzenbach is currently near the bottom of the table in the Hessen Verbandsliga, a sixth-tier league in the German football league system.