Nat Borchers

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Nat Borchers
Borchers.jpg
Borchers wearing a Real Salt Lake kit
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-04-13) April 13, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Tucson, Arizona, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1999–2002 Denver Pioneers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Boulder Rapids Reserve
2003–2005 Colorado Rapids 83 (2)
2006–2007 Odd Grenland 46 (1)
2008–2014 Real Salt Lake 205 (10)
2015–2016 Portland Timbers 52 (4)
National team
2003–2004 United States U23 6 (0)
2005–2010 United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 15, 2016.

Nat Borchers (born April 13, 1981) is a retired American soccer player. He won the MLS Cup in 2009 with Real Salt Lake and in 2015 with Portland Timbers.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Born in Tucson, Arizona, Borchers attended East High School in Pueblo, Colorado where he played on the boys' soccer team. In his four years at East High School, he was selected all-league three times and All-State once. He was chosen as the League MVP his senior year. He also played for the youth club, Colorado Storm (Club Colorado Select). In addition to playing soccer, Borchers ran track and played basketball.

Borchers played four years of college soccer for the University of Denver from 1999 to 2002, and also excelled for the Colorado Rapids' PDL affiliate, the Boulder Rapids Reserve. He was selected all-league three times and was the MVP of the league in his senior year at DU. Despite this, Borchers went undrafted in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. Borchers earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting while in school.

Professional[edit]

Borchers with the Timbers in 2015

Borchers was signed to the Colorado Rapids developmental roster on March 18, 2003. However, he soon proved to be far better than most had expected and by the middle of the 2003 season had secured a starting spot in Colorado's first team central defense. Throughout the 2005 season, Borchers continued to anchor the Rapids defense.

In 2006, Borchers was transferred to Norwegian club Odd Grenland. In February 2008, Borchers signed with MLS side Real Salt Lake on a transfer, after being released by Odd Grenland.[1] His success with RSL in his first three seasons with the club led to a long-term deal announced on February 14, 2011 that kept Borchers in Salt Lake through the 2014 season.[2]

On December 8, 2014, Borchers was traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation funds.[3] On February 2, 2017, he retired from professional soccer.

International[edit]

Borchers' surprising 2003 season led to him being called up for the Under-23 team's Olympic Qualifiers, in which the team was eliminated. He earned his first cap for the senior national team on March 9, 2005, against Colombia. Nat most recently played for the senior team on November 17, 2010, against South Africa, entering in the 67th minute.

Real estate[edit]

In addition to soccer, Borchers is an active real estate investor and agent.

Senior career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of March 23, 2014.[4][5][6]
Club performance League Cup League Post season Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup MLS Playoffs CONCACAF Total
2003 Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer 22 0 2 0 2 1 - - 26 1
2004 29 2 1 0 2 0 - - 32 2
2005 31 0 0 0 0 0 - - 31 0
Total 82 2 3 0 4 1 - - 89 3
NOR League NM Cupen Relegation Playoff - Total
2006 Odd Grenland Tippeligaen 23 0 3 2 2 1 - - 28 3
2007 19 1 5 1 0 0 - - 24 2
Total 42 1 8 3 2 1 - - 52 5
USA League Open Cup MLS Playoffs CONCACAF Total
2008 Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer 29 0 - - 3 0 - - 32 0
2009 30 1 - - 4 0 - - 34 1
2010 30 2 - - 2 0 5 0 37 2
2011 30 3 2 0 1 0 3 0 36 3
2012 26 2 1 0 2 0 3 0 32 2
2013 28 1 4 0 5 0 - - 34 1
2014 32 1 0 0 2 0 - - 34 1
Total 205 10 7 0 19 0 11 0 242 10
USA League Open Cup MLS Playoffs CONCACAF Total
2015 Portland Timbers Major League Soccer 31 3 2 0 6 1 - - 39 4
2016 21 1 1 0 - - 0 0 22 1
Total 52 4 3 0 6 1 0 0 61 5
Career total 381 17 21 3 31 3 11 0 444 23

A dash (-) indicates the team did not participate in this competition for the year.

International[edit]

As of September 16, 2013. [7]
National team Year Apps Goals
United States 2005 2 0
2010 1 0
Total 3 0

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Salt Lake
Portland Timbers

References[edit]

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