Jimmy Nealis

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Jimmy Nealis
Personal information
Full name James Nealis
Date of birth (1991-08-05) August 5, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Massapequa, New York, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 33
Youth career
2001–2009 Massapequa SC
2009–2012 Georgetown Hoyas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Long Island Rough Riders 26 (0)
2013–2014 New York Cosmos 3 (0)
2015– Long Island Rough Riders 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 4, 2013.

James Nealis (born August 5, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League.


College and amateur[edit]

Nealis spent his entire collegiate career at Georgetown University. In 2009, he made a total of 19 appearances for the Hoyas and tallied two goals and two assists. In his sophomore year in 2010, Nealis was part of Georgetown's defense that recorded nine shutouts as he started all 20 games for the Hoyas and recorded four assists and led the club to a Big East Blue Division title during the regular season.[1] He went on to be named NSCAA Third Team All-Northeast Region that year.[2] In 2011, Nealis went on to be named Third Team All-BIG EAST as he started all 18 games he appeared in and helped the Hoyas defense to seven shutouts.[3] In his senior year in 2012, Nealis started all 26 games and led the Hoyas to the 2012 College Cup final where they eventually fall to Indiana 1-0.[4] He was also named NSCAA Second Team All-Northeast Region.[5]

During his time in College, Nealis also played for Long Island Rough Riders in the USL Premier Development League.[6][7]


On January 17, 2013, Nealis was drafted in the second round (37th overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by the Houston Dynamo.[8][9] However, he was cut from preseason camp a month later.[10]

On October 25, Nealis signed with NASL club New York Cosmos for the remainder of the 2013 season.[11] He made his professional debut a week later in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta Silverbacks in the final game of the 2013 NASL Fall Season.[12]

Nealis made his first appearance of the 2014 season on May 31, 2014, earning the start at left back and contributing to a 3-0 shutout road victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[13]

Nealis saw 180 minutes of action in two starts and two appearances during the 2014 season.[14]


  1. ^ "Men's Soccer Wins BIG EAST Blue Division Title; Defeats No. 6/6 Connecticut, 1-0". GUHoyas.com. Georgetown University. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hoyas Garner Postseason Awards with Christianson Named an All-American". GUHoyas.com. Georgetown University. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Neumann Named First Team All-BIG EAST". GUHoyas.com. Georgetown University. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Georgetown's Magical Run Ends in College Cup Championship". GUHoyas.com. Georgetown University. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Neumann and Christianson Named NSCAA All-American". GUHoyas.com. Georgetown Hoyas. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Long Island Rough Riders 2010 stats". USLsoccer.com. United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Long Island Rough Riders 2011 stats". USLsoccer.com. United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dynamo select Jason Johnson and Jimmy Nealis in 2013 MLS SuperDraft". Houston Dynamo. Houston Dynamo Communications. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Three Hoyas Selected in MLS SuperDraft". GUHoyas.com. Georgetown University. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Ortiz, Jose de Jesus (25 February 2013). "Negotiations continue on Ching's contract with Dynamo". Chron. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cosmos Sign Defender Jimmy Nealis". New York Cosmos. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Atlanta Silverbacks 0 New York Cosmos 1". NASL.com. North American Soccer League. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.nycosmos.com/matchcenter/gsmid/1620555
  14. ^ http://www.nycosmos.com/theclub/roster/playerprofile/uuid/ymt46tj8av7t1k2lwoe5uol7c/jimmy-nealis

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