HT: 5'6" WT: 145
Age: 22 (2/14/1995)
Birthplace: North York, Ontario
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
2017: 28 GP, 18 GS, 4 G, 2 A in 1,688 min.
Chris Nanco had a strong rookie campaign with Bethlehem Steel FC, scoring four goals and adding a pair of assists. Nanco made 28 appearances, including 18 starts, totaling 1,688 minutes on the pitch. Nanco made his professional debut in the second half against HAR (4/15), scoring his first career goal five minutes into his debut. He earned his first professional start at TOR (5/13). Against NY (6/16), he collected his first career assist. In his second matchup against NY (7/9) Nanco found the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Against PIT (7/15), Nanco played the full 90 minutes for the first time in his career. Tallied his final two goals of the season against native Canadian teams, scoring at OTT (8/5) and vs. TOR (8/13), where he netted a goal and assist. In the club’s first USL Cup Playoff match in its history, Nanco earned the start and played 66 minutes.
2013-2016: Nanco joins Steel FC after four seasons at Syracuse, appearing in 84 matches for the Orangemen, earning 80 starts. A consistent goalscoring threat, Nanco scored 20 goals in his career and ranked in the top three in goals scored all four years at Syracuse, including a team-high seven during his senior season. Helped lead the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the team’s first College Cup appearance in program history in 2015.
2011: Prior to joining Syracuse, Nanco helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica. He scored the game-winning goal against Trinidad and Tobago to secure the Canadians spot in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Was also a member of the U-17 World Cup squad that competed in Mexico that year.
Off the field interests:
Hobbies outside of soccer: Drawing and art
Favorite places to travel: Brazil, Spain and Jamaica
Profession if not playing soccer: Architect or Coach
Most memorable soccer memory: The U17 World Cup in Mexico and playing in the College Cup during junior season
Favorite soccer player: Ronaldinho
Growing up, I pretended to be: Ronaldinho
Three unique facts/stories
1) Has three tattoos.
2) Have trained with teams in England, Germany and Belgium.
3) Scored the game-winning goal to send Canada to the U17 World Cup.