Michael Nanchoff

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Michael Nanchoff
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-09-24) September 24, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth North Royalton, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Position(s) Winger
Youth career
1995–2007 Internationals SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Akron Zips 62 (16)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cleveland Internationals 38 (7)
2011–2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 14 (0)
2011Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (loan) 4 (0)
2013–2015 Portland Timbers 8 (0)
2013Jönköpings Södra (loan) 11 (2)
2015Portland Timbers 2 (loan) 6 (2)
2016–2018 Tampa Bay Rowdies 58 (1)
Teams managed
2019– Akron Zips (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Nanchoff (born September 24, 1988) is an American retired soccer player who is currently an assistant coach for the Akron Zips men's soccer team.


College and Amateur[edit]

Before college, Nanchoff played for Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio. He then spent four years at the University of Akron playing in three after redshirting the 2008 season. He skipped his final year of NCAA eligibility to sign a Generation Adidas contract after being named one of the top collegiate players by many sources.

Nanchoff also played for the Cleveland Internationals in the USL Premier Development League.


Nanchoff was drafted in the first round (8th overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, thereby helping Akron set a record for the most players drafted in the first round and the most players drafted overall from one school in an MLS SuperDraft.[1] After missing the first several months of the season with an injury, he made his professional debut on June 4, 2011, as a late substitute in a 2–0 loss to Real Salt Lake.[2]

Nanchoff was not retained by the Whitecaps following the 2012 season.[3] On February 13, 2013, his rights were traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for a fourth-round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick.[4]

on July 9, 2013 Nanchoff was loaned to Swedish club Jönköpings Södra until November 27, 2013.[5]

After splitting 2015 between the Portland Timbers first team and Portland Timbers 2, Nanchoff signed a one-year contract with an option for 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on January 8, 2016.[6]

Nanchoff announced his retirement from professional soccer on February 28, 2019.[7] Nanchoff joined the coaching staff at the University of Akron the same day.[8]


Both his father, George Nanchoff, and his uncle, Louis Nanchoff, played for Akron and later in the NASL. Both collected ten caps and scored a goal for the US national team.


University of Akron
Portland Timbers


  1. ^ "Akron sets new record for SuperDraft success". MLSsoccer.com. January 13, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC". MLSsoccer.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Martin MacMahon (December 3, 2012). "Whitecaps FC make roster moves to prepare for 2013 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "Whitecaps FC make trade with Portland Timbers | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "loan midfielder Michael Nanchoff to Swedish club Jönköpings Södra IF". Portland Timbers. July 9, 2013. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rowdies Sign Attacking Midfielder Michael Nanchoff". RowdiesSoccer.com. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  7. ^ @mnanchoff on Twitter https://twitter.com/mnanchoff/status/1101172534920335360. Retrieved February 28, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Nanchoff Named to Akron Men's Soccer Staff". GoZips.com. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  9. ^ McCauley, Kevin (December 7, 2015). "Goals, screw-ups, stats and more: Everything great from the MLS Cup Final". Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Portland Timbers, fans celebrate Western Conference Championship". December 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2017.

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