Player Profile: Kyle Nakazawa

Posted on 20 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette


Position: Midfielder

Born: March 16, 1988

Hometown: Torrance, California

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 165

College: UCLA

Salary: $40,000 (2010)

How acquired (Union): Drafted in the 3rd Round (33rd Pick) of the 2010 MLS Superdraft


2010 with Philadelphia: 14 appearances, 8 starts

2006-2009 with UCLA: 75 games, 20 goals, 26 assists

International: Has featured in the US youth national team set-up, 21 caps with Under-17s

Media Scouting Report

“Kyle Nakazawa is a very good passer. Like many very talented young AM, Nakazawa is more comfortable with the ball at his feet. He isn’t as proficient when he needs to make runs for others. I think he’s going to be good – not a superstar – but potentially could be a valuable contributor. My concern is work rate and desire” – Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

“Kyle Nakazawa is making an early case for Player of the Year honors with a torrid run for UCLA, which is again No. 2 in this week’s Soccer America Men’s Top 25. Once again this season, “Bend it like Naka” has been the refrain for Bruin fans.
The senior midfielder matched his previous season high with his seventh goal of the season — all in the last six games — on a free kick in the Bruins’ 1-1 tie at Washington on Sunday afternoon. Once considered one of the most promising players in the U.S. national youth team system, Nakazawa is coming off a back injury that limited him to eight starts in 2008 – Paul Kennedy, Soccer America

Did  you know?

In 2001, Nakazawa trained within the Ajax Amsterdam youth set-up.

Along with current Union keeper Brian Perk, Nakazawa spent significant time playing for the Galaxy Rios, a elite youth set up that allowed the Galaxy to identify current roster members Michael Stephens and Tristan Bowen (their first homegrown player signing).

Known as a free kick specialist.

Only the second player in Pac-10 history to be named conference player of the week in consecutive weeks.

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