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#26 Michael Nelson
Position: Defender
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Year: Senior
Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: McNeil
Other College: NC State
Major: Physical Education
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Years GP GS Goals Assts Pts
2013 17 16 2 2 6
2014 21 21 1 1 3
2015 16 16 1 1 3
Totals 54 53 4 4 12

- Fourth round draft pick by Seattle Sounders FC
- Started all but 2 games in his three-year career at ODU
- Recorded a goal and an assist in every season
- 1st team all-conference and all-region in 2015

2015 First Team NSCAA All-Southeast
2015 First Team All-C-USA
2015 Second Team VaSID All-State

2015 (Sr.): A first team All-C-USA selection ... Also named to the NSCAA All-Southeast first team and VaSID All-State second team ... Started all 15 matches at center back ... Scored a goal in the 3-2 overtime victory over Hartford that clinched the STIHL Classic for ODU ... Named STIHL Classic MVP ... Twice named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week (Sept. 15, Oct. 27) ... Named the No. 93 player in DI soccer by Top Drawer Soccer. C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll

2014 (Jr.): A starter in all 21 matches for the Monarchs ... Finished the season with three points, with one goal and one assist ... Scored a goal against FIU and assisted on a goal in the C-USA Championship match versus South Carolina.

2013 (So.): Appeared in 17 matches, starting all but one match ... Finished the season with six points, scoring two goals and assisting on two others ... Scored goals against Kentucky and UAB ... Also added an assist in the match against UAB.

Transferred from NC State.

AT NC STATE: Played in 10 matches for the Wolfpack as a freshman.

PREP: Ranked the No. 109 recruit by ... Named a 2011 ESPN Rise First Team All-American ... Selected all-district, all-area, all-region, and all-state as a senior ... Named Defender of the Year for his district by the Austin American Statesman ... Helped lead team to the 2011 state championship game ... Two years experience on the USSF Academy team ... Also played for the Lonestar Soccer Club ... A four-year team captain ... Selected to the 2010 Disney Showcase all-star team.

Personal: Son of Tony and Marie Nelson ... Has one brother, Wes ... Volunteered his time with the Raleigh area food bank.



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