Matt Clare, the son of former Ft. Lauderdale Strikers defender John Clare, played in the Premier Development League with the West Virginia Chaos in 2008, scoring two goals in eight games played.
In 2009, he appeared in 10 matches with the Bradenton Academics and tallied one goal.
He joined the club as a preseason trialist during the 2011 preseason before being signed to a contract.
Played in 21 regular season matches with 10 starts in 2012... Seen action in 870 minutes and scored two goals... Scored his first goal of the season against Ft. Lauderdale (4.28)... Made first career start at Atlanta (4.21)... Scored lone goal in Tampa Bay's 3-1 loss to Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup (5.29)... Goal at Minnesota (7.12).
Played in six matches on the season... Made professional debut vs. FC Edmonton (5/11)... Scored in exhibition match against English Premier League's Bolton Wanderers (7/14)... Scored his first league goal with the team at Atlanta (8/6)... Scored insurance goal in second-half injury time in season finale against Ft. Lauderdale (9/24).