HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Legia Warsaw on December 20, 2016.
PRONUNCIATION: nay-mon-yuh nee-co-litch
Nikolic had an outstanding 2017 in MLS after an already prolific career in Europe. His ability to finish earned him the 2017 Golden Boot award with 24 goals. He was also a finalist for Newcomer of the Year and Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player award— expectations are high for the Hungarian in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Nikolic made his international debut for Hungary in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against the Netherlands on Oct. 11, 2013. He scored his first international goal three days later in a 2-0 qualifying win over Andorra. Nikolic has scored five total goals in 25 appearances for his side.
OUTSIDE MLS: Nikolic joins the Fire from defending Ekstraklasa champions Legia Warsaw in the Polish top flight. Since 2015, Nikolic has appeared in 56 league matches and scored 41 goals for The Wojskowi. Prior to his move to Poland, Nikolic plied his trade in Hungary with Videoton from 2010-15, where the 28-year-old scored 87 goals in 149 league matches. In 2006 he made the jump to Hungary and began his professional career with Barcs, where he scored three goals in 19 appearances. During the 2007-08 season he scored 11 goals in 14 appearances for Kaposvolgye. Nikolic added 30 goals to his career tally in 49 appearances for Kaposvar before joining Videoton in 2010.
NOTES: 2017 MLS Golden Boot winner...2017 MLS All-Star.