Nelson González

Nelson González
22
  • 5' 6"
  • 154 lbs.
  • 09-22-1988
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

When Real Salt Lake took what was essentially a low-risk gamble on Nelson González late in the 2009 campaign, the team’s fanbase might not have had many chances to see him on the field, but the RSL Technical Staff had seen more than enough to be convinced the chance was well worth it. After seeing action only in a friendly late in 2009, González would be pressed into action early in 2010 with mixed results, the lack of consistency often times overshadowed by a fierce competitiveness that would prove to rattle the opposition. A hamstring injury would slow down the young Argentine in early summer, but he would return in time to be a valuable contributor in CONCACAF Champions League play, starting three of the team’s first four matches in the tournament en route to the pinnacle of Group A.

The exciting left-footed player possesses the technical pedigree found in so many like him from Argentina, but he also possesses a tenacity and hunger beyond his 5’6” frame that allows him to survive quite well in the sometimes rough and tumble MLS. While González’s versatility could allow him to provide some cover at left fullback, look for him to line up on the left side of the team’s tight diamond midfield formation once again.

MLS Career

2010: In his first full season with the Utah side, notched two goals and two assists in 17 games (seven starts), totaling 617 minutes of play … Started three of his four appearances in CONCACAF Champions League play (226 minutes), in which he tallied one helper … Made his MLS debut on 4/01 @ HOU, coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes of the 1-2 defeat … Made his home MLS debut on 4/10 a memorable one, entering at the half and capping his night by placing a 94th minute corner kick in the path of Álvaro Saborío, who nodded home in the dying seconds to give RSL a share of the spoils via a 2-2 draw … Four days later, started and played 61 min. in RSL’s U.S. Open Cup qualifier on 4/14 @ SJ, his goal at the hour mark giving RSL a 2-0 cushion in what ended as a wild 3-3 draw and eventual 5-3 triumph in PKs … First MLS start came three days later on 4/17 @ LA, his tenacious 64 minutes in midfield not enough to overturn an eventual 1-2 defeat in the MLS Cup ’09 rematch at The Home Depot Center … Played 90 minutes and assisted on lone RSL goal (Campos – 57’) in 1-1 draw on 5/15 at Rio Tinto Stadium v. Mexican U-21 National Team … A strained left hamstring would keep him out of the mix for a handful of games across May and June … Saw his loan deal extended through end of 2011 MLS season on 7/12/10 by RSL/MLS/Quilmes … Struck a beauty of a goal in stoppage time on 7/31 v. DC to open his scoring MLS scoring account (93+’), working a series of short passes with Andy Williams in midfield before springing free and chipping the ‘keeper from the corner of the area, icing away a 3-0 win … Registered a career-high 72 minutes via a starting role on 8/11 @ PHI (1-1 T) … Made CONCACAF debut on 8/18 v. Árabe Unido with a 32-minute stint off the bench, helping RSL capture a 2-1 victory in a bizarre contest at Rio Tinto Stadium … Would get starting nods in following three CCL contests on 8/25 @ Cruz Azul (45 min. in a 4-5 L), 9/15 v. TOR (68 min. in a 4-1 W), and 9/22 @ Árabe Unido (81 min. in 3-2 W) … Recorded first point in CCL play in the away affair in Panama, helping on Saborio’s 36’ tally that gave RSL a lead it would not relinquish … Final start in League play came on 9/09 @ SEA, when he logged 65 minutes in the scoreless statemate in RSL’s return to Qwest Field. 

2009: Did not see time for Real Salt Lake in MLS play after joining the squad officially on 8/13 via a loan deal from Argentine Second Division squad Quilmes Atlético Club … Made his debut on RSL’s 18-man gameday roster on 8/23 @ NE … Made RSL debut by starting and playing 45 minutes on 10/07 v. Chivas Guadalajara in a hotly-contested international club friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium (1-1 T) … Not listed on any of RSL’s four matchday rosters during postseason run to MLS Cup 2009 title.

International Club Career

2007-2009: Quilmes Atlético Club – Argentina Primera Nacional B (Second Division): The young Argentine spent his first two professional seasons with Quilmes in Argentina’s second division, making his debut on May 3, 2008, with his lone appearance of the team’s 2007/08 season before playing in nine contests (one start) for El Cervecero in their 2008/09 campaign.

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
2011 Real Salt Lake 6 2 1 174 1 5 2 4 0 0 0
2010 Real Salt Lake 12 3 1 330 1 5 3 12 0 1 0
2009 Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Totals 18 5 2 504 2 10 5 16 0 1 0

2011 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season Real Salt Lake 6 2 1 174 1 5 2 4 0 0 0

2010 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season Real Salt Lake 12 3 1 330 1 5 3 12 0 1 0

2009 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Date Match Result Appearance MINS G A SHT SOG FC FS Y R
10/22/2011 POR @ RSL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/14/2011 RSL @ COL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/6/2011 RSL @ VAN L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/1/2011 RSL @ LA L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/28/2011 CHI @ RSL L 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/24/2011 RSL @ DC L 1-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/21/2011 RSL @ NY W 3-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/17/2011 KC @ RSL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/10/2011 RSL @ SEA W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/3/2011 PHI @ RSL W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/27/2011 RSL @ CHV W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/20/2011 RSL @ HOU L 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/13/2011 RSL @ TOR L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/6/2011 NY @ RSL W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/3/2011 RSL @ KC L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/30/2011 CLB @ RSL L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/23/2011 SJ @ RSL W 0-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/9/2011 DAL @ RSL W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2011 NE @ RSL T 3-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/25/2011 TOR @ RSL W 1-3 Subbed On 23 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
6/22/2011 RSL @ CHI T 0-0 Subbed On 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
6/18/2011 DC @ RSL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/11/2011 RSL @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/8/2011 RSL @ CLB L 1-2 Started 59 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
6/4/2011 VAN @ RSL W 0-2 Started 67 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
5/28/2011 SEA @ RSL L 2-1 Subbed On 14 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5/22/2011 RSL @ DAL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/14/2011 HOU @ RSL T 0-0 Subbed On 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/7/2011 CHV @ RSL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/30/2011 RSL @ POR L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/13/2011 COL @ RSL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/9/2011 RSL @ NE W 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/26/2011 LA @ RSL W 1-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/19/2011 RSL @ SJ W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/23/2010 RSL @ COL T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/16/2010 DAL @ RSL W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/9/2010 RSL @ NY T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/2/2010 RSL @ NE W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/25/2010 COL @ RSL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/18/2010 CHI @ RSL W 0-1 Subbed On 26 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
9/9/2010 RSL @ SEA T 0-0 Started 65 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
9/4/2010 NY @ RSL W 0-1 Subbed On 15 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
8/28/2010 RSL @ TOR T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/14/2010 CLB @ RSL W 0-2 Subbed On 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/11/2010 RSL @ PHI T 1-1 Started 72 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 0
8/7/2010 RSL @ KC T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/31/2010 DC @ RSL W 0-3 Subbed On 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
7/24/2010 CHV @ RSL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/17/2010 RSL @ DAL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/8/2010 RSL @ CHI W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/2/2010 NE @ RSL W 0-5 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/25/2010 SJ @ RSL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/9/2010 LA @ RSL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/5/2010 RSL @ DC T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/29/2010 KC @ RSL W 1-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/22/2010 RSL @ CHV W 2-1 Subbed On 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/13/2010 HOU @ RSL W 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/8/2010 PHI @ RSL W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/1/2010 TOR @ RSL W 1-2 Subbed On 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/24/2010 RSL @ CLB L 0-1 Subbed On 13 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
4/17/2010 RSL @ LA L 1-2 Started 64 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4/10/2010 SEA @ RSL T 2-2 Subbed On 45 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
4/1/2010 RSL @ HOU L 1-2 Subbed On 15 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
3/27/2010 RSL @ SJ W 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves