With the start of the club’s second season around the corner, Bethlehem Steel FC announced Wednesday that they have signed forward Chris Nanco. The deal is pending league and federation approval.
Fans will get their first opportunity to see Nanco and the rest of the squad on April 1, when Steel FC opens its second season at 4 p.m. at Goodman Stadium located on the campus of Lehigh University. For the home opener, Bethlehem Steel FC is offering a special Home Opener 4-Pack that includes four tickets to the 2017 season debut match against Rochester Rhinos on April 1, a Steel FC scarf and knit hat. Fans can purchase tickets or find out more info by visiting BethlehemSteelFC.com/tickets or by calling 1-844-STEELFC.
“It feels good to be here and a part of an USL team that has an MLS atmosphere,” Nanco said. “I’ve managed to develop friendships quickly since joining the team and there are a lot of great athletes on Steel FC. It’s a good place to be and I’m happy, comfortable and feel that this is a place where I can grow as a player.”
“Chris is an attacking piece and brings pace to the field which is something as a coach you are happy to have as they can impact the game in so many ways,” head coach Brendan Burke said. “I expect Chris to be a positive influence on the group and bring his experience from Syracuse into the team.”
A third-round pick by the Philadelphia Union in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Nanco joins Steel FC after playing the last four years under Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre. During his college career, Nanco appeared in 84 matches for the Orangemen, earning 80 starts. The Brampton, Ontario, native scored 20 goals during that stretch, including a team-high seven during his senior season last fall. Nanco was a consistent goal scoring threat for Syracuse, ranking in the top three in goals all four seasons.
Nanco led his squad to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the team’s first College Cup appearance in program history in 2015. Syracuse also advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Nanco’s freshman and senior year.
The 22-year-old was an All-ACC first team selection his senior year, leading Syracuse with seven goals and 15 points in 20 appearances. Nanco notched the team’s opening goal in their second-round NCAA Tournament victory against Dartmouth.
Prior to joining Syracuse, Nanco helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica. He also scored the game-winning goal against Trinidad and Tobago to secure the Canadians spot in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Nanco was also a member of the U-17 World Cup squad that competed in Mexico that year.