Thursday, April 10, 2008

Player Profile: Nathan Sturgis

Nathan Sturgis

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: July 6, 1987 (20)
Place of Birth: St. Augustine, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Weight: 150
Previous Clubs: LA Galaxy
National Team Exp: United States (U-17, U-20 & U-23)
Jersey Number: #12
Current Status: Senior Roster
How Acquired: trade (with Robbie Findley) with LA Galaxy for Chris Klein

Personal summary: Attended Clemson University. Was part of U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

Professional summary/highlights: Drafted #12 in first round by LA Galaxy in 2006 as a Generation Adidas player. Started in 15 matches in his rookie season and in 8 matches in 2007 with LA before being traded. Is very versatile and has played in various defense and midfield positions. However, Garth Lagerway has indicated that at this level (MLS) he needs to specialize and that RSL feels his best fit is as a defensive midfielder. Appears to be a mainstay with US youth teams.


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Other links: MLS Player profile: Nathan Sturgis/MLSnet, Wikipedia Page:, US Soccer: Profile

Keepin It Real Expectations for 2008: Nathan has all the credentials that a young US soccer player can have. He has been part of the Bradenton group, a GA player, and a significant part of the US youth national teams for several years. He should see significant time this season, but with a logjam at midfield RSL may let him develop more with the reserve team and with the US Olympic squad and get him some selective appearances on the senior team. If the team has needs, injuries or deficiencies in the midfield this role could be expanded.

Fans Scorecard Ratings: Sturgis Rating

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