| Nikolas Besagno|
| IMG Soccer Academy|
| (1988-11-15) November 15, 1988 (age 27)|
Maple Valley, Washington, United States
19 (Real Salt Lake / Midfielder)
Nikolas Besagno Wikipedia
Nikolas Besagno (born November 15, 1988 in Maple Valley, Washington) 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. 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. 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.