Jayden Nelson

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Jayden Nelson
Personal information
Full name Jayden Nelson
Date of birth (2002-09-26) 26 September 2002 (age 17)
Place of birth Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 80
Youth career
0000–2016 Brampton YSC
2016–2018 Toronto FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018 Toronto FC III 7 (1)
2019– Toronto FC II 14 (0)
2020– Toronto FC 0 (0)
National team
2017 Canada U15 4 (0)
2019– Canada U17 9 (5)
2020– Canada 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 5, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 15, 2020

Jayden Nelson (born September 26, 2002) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a forward for Toronto FC.

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Nelson began playing for Toronto FC Academy in the USSDA in 2016, playing for the U14 team.[1] He has since played for the U16/17 and U18/19 teams as well.[1]

Toronto FC III[edit]

Nelson made his debut for Toronto FC III in League1 Ontario on May 20, 2018 in a game against Toronto Skillz FC.[2] He scored his first goal for Toronto FC III on June 17, 2018 against Windsor TFC.[2]

Toronto FC II[edit]

Nelson made his professional debut for Toronto FC II in USL League One on April 6, 2019, coming on as an 82nd minute substitute for Jacob Shaffelburg against Orlando City B.[3]

Toronto FC[edit]

On January 23, 2020, Nelson signed a Homegrown Player contract with first-team Toronto FC.[4]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Nelson made his debut for the Canada national under-15 team in the 2017 CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship on August 13, 2017 against the United States.[5] Nelson played in all four games of the tournament as Canada reached the semi-finals.[5]

Nelson made his debut for the Canada national under-17 team in the 2019 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on May 2, 2019 against the United States.[5] Against Guatemala in the second game of the group stage, Nelson scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win.[6] Nelson scored twice more in the tournament – against Curaçao and Costa Rica respectively – as Canada qualified for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the first time since 2013.[7] At the end of 2019, Nelson was named the Canadian Men's Youth International Player of the Year.[8]

Senior[edit]

In January 2020, Nelson was called up to the Canadian senior team ahead of friendlies against Barbados and Iceland.[9] He made his debut on January 7 against Barbados, coming on as a substitute in a 4–1 victory[10] and scored his first goal three days later, also against Barbados. [11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of January 16, 2020[12][13]
Club League Season League Playoffs Domestic Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto FC III League1 Ontario 2018 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Toronto FC II USL League One 2019 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Career Total 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 1

International[edit]

As of January 16, 2020
Canada national team
2020 3 1
Total 3 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 10, 2020 Championship Soccer Stadium, Irvine, United States 2  Barbados 4–1 4–1 Friendly
Correct as of January 10, 2020

Personal life[edit]

Jayden was born in Canada, and is of Jamaican descent.[14]

Honours[edit]

Individual

  • Canadian Men's Youth International Player of the Year: 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jayden Nelson". tfc.ussoccerda.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "TFC III - 2018 Regular Season - Jayden Nelson". www.league1ontario.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "Orlando City B vs. Toronto FC II - April 5, 2019". www.uslleagueone.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Bogert, Tom (January 23, 2020). "Toronto FC sign Canada national team midfielder Jayden Nelson to Homegrown deal". www.mlssoccer.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Jayden Nelson". www.mlssoccer.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Baer, Benjamin (May 4, 2019). "Toronto FC's Jayden Nelson leads Canada U-17s over Guatemala". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Canada books spot at FIFA U-17 World Cup with dramatic shootout win over Costa Rica". The Globe and Mail. May 12, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  8. ^ Butler, Dylan (December 10, 2019). "Toronto FC prospect Jayden Nelson named Canadian Youth International Player of the Year".
  9. ^ Jacques, John (January 3, 2020). "Tristan Borges Called Up To Canada National Team Ahead Of Three Friendlies".
  10. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: CanMNT begins 2020 with a win in friendly vs. Barbados". January 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Canadian men's soccer comfortably dispatches Barbados in friendly rematch". CBC. 10 January 2020.
  12. ^ Soccerway. "Jayden Nelson profile".
  13. ^ League1 Ontario. "Jayden Nelson profile".
  14. ^ "World Cup 2026: Meet the future North American stars dreaming of success". December 5, 2019 – via www.bbc.com.

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