|Full name||Nathan Radford Sturgis|
|Date of birth||July 6, 1987|
|Place of birth||St. Augustine, Florida, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|2003–2004||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2004||Ajax Orlando Prospects||1||(0)|
|2007–2008||Real Salt Lake||8||(0)|
|2009–2010||Seattle Sounders FC||29||(1)|
|2016||Seattle Sounders FC||0||(0)|
|2016||→ Seattle Sounders FC 2 (loan)||5||(0)|
|2003–2004||United States U17||6||(1)|
|2004||United States U18||1||(0)|
|2004–2007||United States U20||27||(0)|
|2008||United States U23||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 23, 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 20, 2014
Youth and CollegeEdit
Sturgis attended Nease High School, played club soccer with the First Coast KYX, and played two years of college soccer at Clemson University. In his freshman season in 2004, Sturgis scored three goals and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, Sturgis scored two goals and added seven assists in leading the Tigers to the College Cup. Sturgis was named 3rd Team All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Sturgis also played one year with the Ajax Orlando Prospects in the USL Premier Development League
Sturgis signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS, and was taken 12th overall in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. During Galaxy's pre-season tour of England in 2006 they competed against several high-profile clubs, including (then) English Premiership Champions Chelsea, and Sturgis was picked out by the staff at Chelsea and other English teams as the outstanding player of the tour. On June 21, 2007, Sturgis was traded along with forward Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in exchange for veteran midfielder Chris Klein.
On November 26, 2008, he was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the second round of the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft. On September 18, 2010, Sturgis scored his first professional goal in a 4-0 win at Columbus against the Columbus Crew. His goal came from the penalty spot.
On November 24, 2010, Sturgis was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the third round of the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. The next day Nathan was traded by Vancouver to Toronto FC in exchange for a first round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
Sturgis made his debut for Toronto on March 19, 2011 vs. Vancouver in the first ever all Canadian MLS match-up, it ended as a 4-2 away loss for Toronto.
After 18 months with Colorado, Sturgis was traded to Chivas USA on July 1, 2014 in exchange for Carlos Alvarez. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, MLS contracted the Chivas USA franchise. Sturgis was available to other clubs in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft but was not selected. He then entered the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft and was selected by Houston Dynamo in stage two of the draft held on December 18, 2014.
Sturgis returned to Seattle Sounders FC on February 23, 2016, when it was announced that he had signed with them as a free agent. His option was declined on December 12, 2016, making him a free agent.
Sturgis has played for various youth United States national teams, and was part of the Under-20 team at the 2005 World Youth Championship and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. On July 17, 2008 he was named to the U.S. team that participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, however he was ruled out shortly after due to a hamstring injury.
- As of December 20, 2014.
|Club performance||League||League Cup||Cup||Continental||Total|
|2004||Ajax Orlando Prospects||PDL||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||Major League Soccer||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
|Real Salt Lake||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|2009||Seattle Sounders FC||9||0||0||0||4||0||0||0||13||0|
|2011||Toronto FC||Major League Soccer||14||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||15||0|
|2012||Houston Dynamo||Major League Soccer||5||0||0||0||5||0|
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- "Seattle Sounders FC signs midfielder Nathan Sturgis". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "SOUNDERS DECLINE 13 CONTRACT OPTIONS, EXERCISE 8".
- "McCarty to Replace Sturgis on Men's Olympic Roster". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved 27 October 2012.