Chris Nurse

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Chris Nurse
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Personal information
Full name Christopher Ronald Nurse
Date of birth (1984-05-07) 7 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Hammersmith, London, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Number 6
Youth career
Kingstonian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Kingstonian 18 (1)
2003–2004 Sutton United 0 (0)
2004 Aldershot Town 1 (0)
2005–2006 Moor Green 29 (2)
2006–2007 Hinckley United 23 (3)
2007–2008 Tamworth 42 (9)
2008 Stevenage Borough 2 (0)
2008–2009 Halesowen Town 5 (0)
2009 Rochester Rhinos 22 (2)
2009–2010 AFC Telford United 12 (0)
2010 Puerto Rico Islanders 18 (2)
2011–2012 Carolina RailHawks 29 (1)
2012 Puerto Rico Islanders 5 (0)
2013 FC Edmonton 21 (4)
2014– Fort Lauderdale Strikers 16 (1)
National team
2008– Guyana 47 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 June 2012

Christopher Ronald Nurse (born 7 May 1984) is an English-born Guyanese footballer currently playing for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Nurse began his professional career in the English non-League system as a dynamic young midfielder who was a part of the youth academy at Kingstonian F.C before featuring for the reserve team & impressive displays during pre-season saw him rewarded with a place in the senior squad.

Nurse has extensive experience at multiple levels. He played for Aldershot & Stevenage Borough in the Conference National and almost won promotion from the Conference North with Hinckley United in 2006–07.

On 6 March 2009, the USL First Division team Rochester Rhinos announced the signing of Nurse to a one-year deal for the 2009 season.[1] reaching the play-offs but were eliminated by the Puerto Rico Islanders.

In March 2010 the Puerto Rico Islanders completed the signing of Nurse to a one-year deal. Nurse played in the proceeding three CFU Club Championship matches and led the Islanders to become the 2010 CFU Club Championship Winners in Trinidad and Tobago. In July 2010 Nurse played for the Puerto Rico Islanders defeating the then MLS league leaders, Los Angeles Galaxy 5-3 on aggregate, which paved the way for their progression to the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League for the third consecutive year. Nurse continued his strong performances leading Puerto Rico to the USSF Division 2 Pro League championship title defeating the Carolina Railhawks in the Playoff Final.

Nurse signed with Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League on 7 March 2011.[2] Nurse was part of a sensational season for the Railhawks, going on a 10 game win streak in a team that broke almost every existing club record and finishing top of the North American Soccer League winning the regular season title. He re-signed with Carolina for the 2012 season on 1 February 2012.[3]

In January 2013 Nurse was signed by FC Edmonton after the his previous club Puerto Rico Islanders folded and no longer continued to operate. In 2013 Nurse was selected 7 times onto North American Soccer League Team of the Week and selected North American Soccer League August Player of the Month. At the end of the season Nurse was Shortlisted for North American Soccer League 2013 Best XI and Voted 2013 FC Edmonton players MVP of the season by his team mates,

In January 2014 Nurse Signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and was part of a talented squad that saw the team finish Runners- Up in the Soccer Bowl 2014. Nurse was nominated 2014 North American Soccer League Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work with the Breast Cancer Associations in South Florida.

International[edit]

Nurse, who is of Guyanese descent, is a current International player for the Guyana national football team nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, despite having been born in England. In September 2011, Nurse was announced captain of the Guyana national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.

Personal[edit]

As a young boy Nurse played Sunday league football for Wallington Wanderers Football Club and Carshalton Athletic alongside footballer Nigel Reo-Coker. From here Nurse progressed onto Kingstonian Football Academy, balancing full-time training with academic studies going onto complete a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Studies and completed a BSc(Hons) Degree in Applied Sports Therapy from 2005 to 2008 at University College Birmingham (the degree was awarded by Birmingham University).[4]

Nurse's brother Jon plays for English Football League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge and international football for Barbados.

During Nurse's time with the Puerto Rico Islanders he spearheaded a significant fund raiser for Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of his mother and raised in excess of $6000. The team wore pink jerseys which were raffled after a home fixture.

Honors[edit]

Kingstonian Football Club[edit]

Sutton United Football Club[edit]

Hinckley United[edit]

Puerto Rico Islanders[edit]

Carolina Railhawks[edit]

  • NASL Regular Season Champions: 2011

Fort Lauderdale Strikers[edit]

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