April 16, 2024
  • April 16, 2024
Forge FC Chris Nanco

Former CPL Champion Chris Nanco Announces Retirement

By on March 25, 2024 0 1262 Views

Having hoisted three Canadian Premier League titles throughout his career, Chris Nanco is hanging up his boots at the age of 29.

The North York native confirmed his departure as a professional player after having played for Sigma FC, Bethlehem Steel, Forge FC, Sporting Kristina, and the Des Moines Menace, winning three CPL playoff titles during his time in the hammer.

“I’ve been putting this off for quite some time now and I finally built up the strength to announce and officially say goodbye to the thing I’ve known my whole life,” said Nanco online. “From the kid you see at the beginning to the man at the end, this sport is what has been there with me through the ups and downs. It’s provided me with the opportunity to travel the world, represent my country, get an education, meet amazing people, and so much more.”

Forge FC Chris Nanco
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

The Canadian baller was one of the most versatile attackers in Canada’s top flight, though preceding his days in Hamilton a younger Christopher cut his teeth with Sigma FC and proved himself to be a head-turner at Syracuse University. A two-time Canada U-20 international, Nanco would find himself selected by the Philadelphia Union in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft before moving to Bethlehem Steel, the club’s USL affiliate. He’d ultimately make sixty appearances for the side over the next two years.

When Forge FC stepped into the spotlight, the club recruited Christopher Nanco and Kyle Bekker as its first-ever signings. He fit in well with the hammers, playing anywhere across the front line and helping the club secure the first-ever CPL title, quickly following it with a second during the COVID-shortened Island Games season.

Nanco re-signed with the club in 2021 and stayed with them through 2022, picking up a third title in the latter campaign despite a drastic drop in minutes. He tallied nine goals, two assists, and 72 appearances during his time in orange before exiting the Tim Hortons Field setup after four seasons.

The versatile winger would land with Finnish lower tier side Sporting Kristina after that, tallying eight goals and seven assists before returning to North America to sign with USL2’s Des Moines Menace last year, with the Canadian now fully hanging up his boots.

“I don’t think I will ever be able to completely say goodbye to the game but I believe at this stage in my life it’s time for me to hang up the boots and embark upon a new journey. It’s been an amazing 25 years.”

Nanco has been well-known for his entrepreneurial spirit, launching the KickedUp Culture barbershop and clothing line during his playing days. That’s still alive and well today, though it’s unclear what Nanco’s next career steps ultimately look like.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I hope I was able to make you smile while on the field even in the slightest that this game has put a smile on my face,” concludes the winger. “Thank you football. Retired baller signing out.”

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *