Nicki Paterson

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Nicki Paterson
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Stephen Paterson
Date of birth (1985-01-19) 19 January 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Lanark, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Indy Eleven
Number 8
Youth career
2005–2008 UNLV Rebels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Hamilton Academical 16 (1)
2007–2008 Des Moines Menace 28 (15)
2009 Harrisburg City Islanders 18 (2)
2010 Real Maryland Monarchs 19 (0)
2010–2011 Clyde 16 (3)
2011–2013 Charleston Battery 78 (25)
2014–2015 Ottawa Fury 26 (4)
2016– Indy Eleven 13 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2015.

Nicholas Stephen "Nicki" Paterson (born 19 January 1985 in Lanark) is a Scottish footballer currently playing for Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League.


Early career in Scotland[edit]

Paterson grew up in Motherwell, and was a member of the academy at Scottish football club Motherwell, before signing a professional deal with Hamilton Academical in 2002. He made his professional debut on 3 August 2002 in a Scottish Second Division game against Cowdenbeath[1] as a 17-year-old. He went on to play sixteen league and three Scottish League Cup games for Hamilton over the next two seasons, usually from the substitute's bench, before leaving at the end of the 2003/2004 season.

College and amateur[edit]

Paterson moved to the United States in 2005 after being offered a college scholarship by the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He played four years college soccer for the UNLV Rebels, earning Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honours as a sophomore in 2006. During his college years Paterson also played two seasons for Des Moines Menace in the USL Premier Development League scoring 15 goals earning top scorer in both seasons.[2]


Paterson returned to the professional ranks in 2009 when he was signed by the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division. He made his debut for Harrisburg on 18 April 2009 in Harrisburg's 2–2 opening day tie with the Richmond Kickers.[3]

After playing for USL-2 club Real Maryland Monarchs in 2010, Paterson transferred up a division to USSF Division 2 club AC St. Louis.[4] However, after only a few days at the club it emerged that Paterson could not extend his current visa and had to return to the UK with an option to sign with AC St. Louis next season.

While home Paterson signed a short-term contract for Scottish side Clyde in September 2010,[5] and played his first game for the team on 25 September, an 0–0 draw against East Stirlingshire. He scored his first goal for the Bully Wee on 16 October in a 3–2 loss to Arbroath.

Paterson signed a contract on 21 January 2011 to play for Charleston Battery in the American Soccer USL Pro league.[6] He led the team in scoring with 8 goals and was named the offensive MVP. He moved indoors for the 2011-12 season with the Baltimore Blast. In 2012, Paterson increased his offensive output from his midfield position and was the league's second top scorer with 10 goals amassing 22 points. He was selected 7 times to the USL Team of the week. Paterson for the second year running was named the Offensive MVP for the Charleston Battery and added the overall team MVP.

On November 6, he became Ottawa Fury FC's first signing.[7]

Paterson signed with the NASL's Indy Eleven on January 26, 2016.[8]


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