Ryan William Nelsen is a former New Zealand professional football player and former head coach of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Nelsen commonly played as a defender, and his professional career began in 1995. He notably captained the New Zealand national team and started his professional football career in his native country for Christchurch United. In 2001, he joined MLS side D.C. United and went on to play 81 times in the league, scoring 7 goals. In 2005, he moved to England with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers where he scored 8 times in 172 appearances. In 2012, he made a move to Tottenham Hotspur but only managed 5 appearances before joining Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2012. He agreed to return to MLS on 8 January 2013 by signing with Toronto FC as head coach. He was fired from Toronto FC on 31 August 2014.
About Ryan Nelsen
MLS coach who debuted in 2013 as a manager for Toronto FC. He managed New Zealand's national team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
He played college soccer with the Stanford Cardinal during the 1999-2000 season.
He played soccer professionally for five teams from 1995 to 2013.
He married Monica Nelsen in 2006.
In his first game as manager, Toronto FC won 2-1 behind a pair of goals from Robert Earnshaw.
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