Kyle Nakazawa

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Kyle Nakazawa
Kyle Nakazawa at Preseason Training for the Philadelphia Union, Jan 2011.jpg
Nakazawa during 2011 preseason training with the Union
Personal information
Full name Kyle Nakazawa
Date of birth (1988-03-16) March 16, 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Torrance, California, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2003–2006 Irvine Strikes
2006–2009 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 San Fernando Valley Quakes 2 (0)
2009 Los Angeles Legends 7 (1)
2010–2011 Philadelphia Union 36 (1)
2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 5 (0)
Total 50 (2)
National team
2005 United States U17 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 12, 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 2, 2010

Kyle 'Marbles' Nakazawa (born March 16, 1988 in Torrance, California) is a retired American soccer player.


College and Amateur[edit]

Nakazawa grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School from 2002 to 2003, before moving to the Edison Academic Center from 2003–2005 where he was a part of the U.S. U-17 residency program. Nakazawa played college soccer at UCLA from 2006 to 2009; he was named to the 2006 Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman first teams and College Soccer News' All-Freshman second team, was a 2007 Second-team All-Pac-10 selection and UCLA Bruins MVP, and was a 2009 First-team NSCAA All-American, an All-Far West selection, a First-team All-Pac-10 selection, and a Pac-10 All-Academic honoree. He played club soccer for the Irvine Strikers.

During his college years he also appeared for both the San Fernando Valley Quakes[1] and the Los Angeles Legends[2] in the USL Premier Development League.


Nakazawa was drafted in the third round (33rd overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union.[3] Known for providing a steady presence in the midfield and excellent service balls, he made his professional debut on May 1, 2010, in a match at Los Angeles Galaxy.[4] Nakazawa made his first professional start on May 8, 2010 at Real Salt Lake,[5] and he scored his first professional goal on May 28, 2011, in the Union's 6–2 victory over Toronto FC.[6]

On February 1, 2012 Nakazawa was traded to Los Angeles Galaxy with a 2013 MLS SuperDraft second round pick for a 2012 international roster slot.[7]

On January 21, 2013, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena announced that Nakazawa had retired from playing professional soccer.


Nakazawa was present at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup at Peru, scoring 2 goals.

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2010 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2011 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total USA 38 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
Career total 38 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 1

Updated February 1, 2012


Nakazawa has also dabbled in acting, and he was featured in JoJo’s music video for her 2006 hit song, Too Little Too Late alongside several of his UCLA Bruins teammates.

Kyle is now a U.S. Forest Service firefighter for the Arroyo Grande Hotshots in Arroyo Grande, California.

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