Thursday, March 31, 2016

Player Profile: Matt Nance


Detroit City FC brass opted to reveal its second defender of the week on Thursday, rather than announce a goalkeeper. The Le Rouge roster still sits without a man to protect the net, adding anxiety and curiosity to City supporters.

Earlier this week, City announced the arrival of Omar Sinclair. Sinclair is a central defender from Manchester who plays his collegiate soccer for Saginaw Valley State University.

But Thursday, DCFC tweeted out to fans that fullback Matt Nance will also be joining the Boys in Rouge for the summer.

In a sentiment that is becoming more and more clear as to why talent chooses to spend their summers in Detroit, Nance credits the fans and the Northern Guard Supporters for his choice to don the City shirt.

"I had heard great things from some people who had played there [at Detroit City FC] in the past," Nance said of making his choice to play in Detroit. "Obviously the support they have from the city and fans is hard to beat.

"I think the club is headed in the right direction so I'm very excited to be apart of that as well."

The Xavier University left-back is the first introductory player of the 2016 season to be from the state of Michigan. Nance has previously played under City coach Ben Pirmann for Michigan club team, Vardar SC.

"I knew Coach Pirmann prior to City from my club years at Vardar," Nance said. "We had a great relationship there so I was excited to get a chance to play for him again."

Nance is not just excited to get to work with Pirmann once more, but is especially ready to play in his home state of Michigan again.

"I think being from Michigan makes [playing for City] a little more sentimental in a way. There's a sense of pride playing in your home city," he said. "Being surrounded by guys you've maybe played with and against in the past [is really exciting]."

For the Musketeers, Nance plays in the left-back position and uses his speed to not only advance up the flanks but to also serve balls into the box with pace. In his two seasons with Xavier, Nance has recorded three assists and no goals but has been a cog in the Xavier stonewall defense.

Nance helped Xavier coast to nine shut-outs while also limiting opponents to a lowly .089 goals-against-average in the 2015 season. All while playing in the Big East Conference, one of America's toughest collegiate soccer conferences.

"From being at Xavier and playing in one of the top conferences in the country I have played with and against some excellent players which has given me a great deal of experience," Nance said. "This experience is something I feel I can bring to the team."

Experience against top talent is something that City will need in the upcoming season because of the loss of NPSL experienced guys that have moved on from Le Rouge.

And even though City has announced four very impressive players that have gotten supporters excited over the last week, City faithful are still holding their breath for the announcement of a goalkeeper. An announcement that has yet to come...

So let's just hope that fans aren't turning blue at this point.

*Photo courtesy of Detroit City FC
**Video courtesy of Xavier University mens soccer program

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