Michael Nanchoff playing for Akron Zips; photo: flickr.com

Michael Nanchoff makes his debut in the MLS

Michael Nanchoff playing for Akron Zips; photo: flickr.comAmerican born but of Macedonian origin, Michael Nanchoff had his debut in the MLS for Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 22-years old left winger is born in North Royalton, Ohio, the United States of America. He is a son of George Nanchoff, a former US national team player born in Resen, Macedonia, who immigrated to the States as a teenager. Michael was eight on the MLS SuperDraft but due to a groin injury had to wait for his MLS debut.

He entered the Real Salt Lake – Vancouver Whitecaps game in the 74th minute while the hosts were leading with 1:0 substituting defender Mouloud Akloul. According to the US media, Nanchoff’s debut brightened the loss as the player showed his potential. Eventually the game ended with a 2:0 defeat for his team.

He is regarded as having the best soccer brain of all in the draft and appreciated for his left foot, attacking ability and taking free kicks. But time will show if he is really a player of great quality, and if so, FFM will have one more player to fight for.

In the 2010 season Nanchoff played for Akron Zips, a team of the University of Akron where he scored 10 goals, added nine assists and helped the Zips to clinch the national title. After he recovered of the injury, played 3 games for the Whitecaps Residency, Vancouver’s reserve team that competes in the USL Premier Development League. Previously he also played for now dissolved Cleveland Internationals who also competed in the PDL and was owned by his father George and his uncle Louis Nanchoff, also born in Macedonian and former US national team player.

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