Nikolas Besagno

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Nikolas Besagno
Personal information
Full name Nikolas Besagno
Date of birth (1988-11-15) November 15, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Maple Valley, Washington, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Washington Crossfire (player-coach)
Number 17
Youth career
2004–2005 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Real Salt Lake 8 (0)
2008Seattle Sounders (loan) 10 (0)
2009 Tacoma Tide 15 (2)
2010–2011 Kitsap Pumas 27 (4)
2012– Washington Crossfire 14 (1)
National team
2005 United States U17 2 (0)
Teams managed
2013– Washington Crossfire
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 1, 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 13, 2009

Nikolas Besagno (born November 15, 1988) is an American soccer player who is currently a player-coach for Washington Crossfire of the USL Premier Development League.



One of the most touted young players in the country, Besagno became the first overall pick of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft when he was drafted by his former United States Under-17 coach and then Salt Lake boss John Ellinger. At the age of 16, Besagno, who signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS, became the second-youngest player in league history to be drafted, behind 2004's number one overall choice, 14-year-old Freddy Adu. In June 2008, Real Salt Lake loaned Besagno for ninety days to the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division.[1] His older brother Jacob Besagno had previously spent two seasons with Seattle.

On November 24, 2008, Besagno was released by Real Salt Lake. Besagno started 2009 in camp with Seattle Sounders FC, but was cut toward the end of January. Having been unable to secure a professional contract, Besagno signed with Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Development League for the 2009 season.[2] Besagno is currently playing for PDL rival Washington Crossfire.


Besagno, a graduate of the Bradenton Academy, was a regular for the Under-17 United States national team, and later moved up to the Under-20 squad. In 2005, he played two games for the USA U-17 team at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship.[3]


  1. ^ "RSL Loans Besagno To Seattle". Soccer365. 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ "2009 Tacoma Tide roster". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25.
  3. ^ Nikolas BesagnoFIFA competition record