MLS' busiest team, the Portland Timbers, added another player to their roster today when they announced the signing of midfielder Michael Nanchoff. Nanchoff was most recently on the Vancouver Whitecaps who selected him with the number 8 pick in the 2011 Superdraft but was released after his Generations Adidas contract ended. Nanchoff was then invited to trial with the Timbers and has been in preseason camp since it has started.
Apparenlty Nanchoff has impressed Caleb Porter during preseason workouts and it has earned him a spot on Portland's roster. His performances in Tucson are most likely what earned him the spot as he played well with both the starters and the reserves.
Nanchoff is a versatile sub and could be used as back-up to any of the midfield spots as well as play at the left back position. He familiarity with Caleb Porter and the type of system Porter likes to play is also an added bonus but not something that was critical in his signing.
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Full press release:
The Portland Timbers announced today the signing of midfielder Michael Nanchoff. Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Nanchoff, 24, played the last two seasons with Vancouver Whitecaps FC after being selected No. 8 overall by Vancouver in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He had a standout collegiate career at the University of Akron, where he played under Timbers head coach Caleb Porter and was a member of the Zips' national title-winning team in 2010.
Nanchoff has been training with the Timbers since the start of preseason camp on Jan. 21, and has appeared in five preseason matches, recording one assist. Portland acquired the right of first refusal to Nanchoff from Whitecaps FC on Feb. 13.
A native of North Royalton, Ohio, Nanchoff appeared in 14 regular-season matches and was a regular contributor in MLS Reserve League games during his two seasons in Vancouver. He played in a career-high nine games last season after being limited to just five first-team appearances during his rookie campaign in 2011 due to injury. Additionally, Nanchoff recorded one goal and four assists in 15 matches with the Whitecaps FC Reserves.
Nanchoff played three collegiate seasons at Akron, where he was a two-time All-Mid-American first-team selection. He was a key contributor in the Zips' back-to-back appearances in the NCAA College Cup final in 2009 and 2010, and Akron's first national championship in 2010. Nanchoff recorded nine goals and nine assists in 25 games during his final collegiate season in 2010 and garnered NSCAA All-Great Lakes Second Team and NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team honors. As a redshirt sophomore in 2009, Nanchoff ranked among the nation's leaders with 11 assists that season and finished among the Akron's top scorers in each of his final two seasons. In total, he played in 62 matches and recorded 15 goals and 22 assists during his collegiate career with the Zips.
When drafted by Whitecaps FC, Nanchoff was a member of Generation adidas and was one of an MLS-record five Akron players selected among the first eight picks in the 2011 SuperDraft.
Born: Jan. 11, 1988, in North Royalton, Ohio
Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio
Last Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
College: University of Akron
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed Feb. 21, 2013