Nathan Sturgis

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Nathan Sturgis
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Personal information
Full name Nathan Radford Sturgis[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-06) July 6, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth St. Augustine, Florida, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Youth career
2003–2004 IMG Soccer Academy
2004–2005 Clemson Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Ajax Orlando Prospects 1 (0)
2006–2007 LA Galaxy 24 (0)
2007–2008 Real Salt Lake 8 (0)
2009–2010 Seattle Sounders FC 29 (1)
2011 Toronto FC 14 (0)
2012 Houston Dynamo 5 (0)
2013–2014 Colorado Rapids 31 (4)
2014 Chivas USA 16 (0)
2015– Houston Dynamo 0 (0)
National team
2003–2004 United States U17 6 (1)
2004 United States U18 1 (0)
2004–2007 United States U20 27 (0)
2008 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 20, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 20, 2014

Nathan Radford Sturgis (born July 6, 1987 in St. Augustine, Florida) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Sturgis attended Nease High School, played club soccer with the First Coast KYX, and played two years of college soccer at Clemson University. In his freshman season in 2004, Sturgis scored three goals and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, Sturgis scored two goals and added seven assists in leading the Tigers to the College Cup. Sturgis was named 3rd Team All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Sturgis also played one year with the Ajax Orlando Prospects in the USL Premier Development League

Professional[edit]

Sturgis signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS, and was taken 12th overall in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. During Galaxy's pre-season tour of England in 2006 they competed against several high profile clubs, including (then) English Premiership Champions Chelsea, and Sturgis was picked out by the staff at Chelsea and other English teams as the outstanding player of the tour. On June 21, 2007, Sturgis was traded along with forward Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in exchange for veteran midfielder Chris Klein.[2]

On November 26, 2008, he was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the second round of the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft.[3] On September 18, 2010, Sturgis scored his first professional goal in a 4-0 win at Columbus against the Columbus Crew. His goal came from the penalty spot.[4]

On November 24, 2010, Sturgis was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the third round of the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. The next day Nathan was traded by Vancouver to Toronto FC in exchange for a first round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[5]

Sturgis made his debut for Toronto on March 19, 2011 vs. Vancouver in the first ever all Canadian MLS match-up, it ended as a 4-2 away loss for Toronto.[6]

On December 28, 2011, Sturgis was traded to Houston Dynamo in exchange for a conditional 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick.[7]

On December 22, 2012 Sturgis was once again on the move when he was traded to Colorado Rapids as part of a deal involving Omar Cummings and allocation money.[8]

After 18 months with Colorado, Sturgis was traded to Chivas USA on July 1, 2014 in exchange for Carlos Alvarez.[9] At the conclusion of the 2014 season, MLS contracted the Chivas USA franchise. Sturgis was available to other clubs in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft but was not selected. He then entered the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft and was selected by Houston Dynamo in stage two of the draft held on December 18, 2014.[10] He has yet to sign a contract with the team.

International[edit]

Sturgis has played for various youth United States national teams, and was part of the Under-20 team at the 2005 World Youth Championship and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. On July 17, 2008 he was named to the U.S. team that participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, however he was ruled out shortly after due to a hamstring injury.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of December 20, 2014.
Club performance League League Cup Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF Total
2004 Ajax Orlando Prospects PDL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2007 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Real Salt Lake 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2008 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2009 Seattle Sounders FC 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 13 0
2010 20 1 2 0 5 0 0 0 27 1
Canada League Playoffs Canadian Cup CONCACAF Total
2011 Toronto FC Major League Soccer 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
USA League Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF Total
2012 Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer 5 0 0 0 5 0
2013 Colorado Rapids 25 4 1 0 0 0 26 4
2014 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Chivas USA 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Career Totals 128 5 3 0 10 0 0 0 141 5

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Seattle Sounders
Toronto FC

Personal life[edit]

Strugis' younger brother, Caleb is a place kicker for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

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