Player Details


John Nelson


5' 9"


163 lbs

Date of Birth

7.11.1998 (24)


Medina, OH USA



Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side


Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 25-28

Player Category

Generation adidas
Career Summary

FC Cincinnati signed defender John Nelson on Jan. 6, 2022 to a contract for the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023. The Generation adidas player spent the past three seasons with FC Dallas.

2021 (FC Dallas): Appeared in 10 MLS matches, starting six of them … totaled 554 minutes.

2020 (FC Dallas): Appeared in 11 MLS matches (started in 8), played 848 minutes … recorded his first professional assist in the MLS on September 19 vs. Sporting Kansas City on the road in a 3-2 victory … made his MLS Playoff debut vs. Portland Timbers on November 22. Started and played 58 minutes in the Conference Semi Final vs. Seattle Sounders.

2019 (FC Dallas): Appeared in nine MLS matches (started in four) for FC Dallas, playing 451 minutes … made his MLS debut in his home state of Ohio on March 16 vs. Columbus Crew SC after he subbed in the 74th minute … started in his first MLS game and played the full 90-minutes on May 11 vs. New York Red Bulls … started in seven regular season matches for North Texas Soccer Club, scored one goal and one assist in 630 minutes … scored his first professional goal in the 22nd minute vs. Orlando City B on September 6. Recorded his first professional assist in the USL League One Semifinal on October 12 vs. Forward Madison … was part of the USL League One Final North Texas Soccer Club Starting XI. North Texas beat Greenville Triumph 1-0 on October 19.

College (North Carolina): Played two seasons with North Carolina starting in 41 matches for the Tar Heels … was named to the 2017 All-ACC Freshman team and named to the second-team All-ACC member during his sophomore year. The Ohio-native is a Generations Adidas player.

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