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Rowdies add MLS midfielder Michael Nanchoff to 2016 roster

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ offseason acquisition action isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Friday the club signed former MLS midfielder Michael Nanchoff. Like much of the Rowdies offseason acquisitions and re-signings, Nanchoff will be on a one-year contract with the team. He does have a club option for 2017 though.

As always, per club and league policy, further contract details weren’t disclosed.

Nanchoff, 27, is hopping onto the Rowdies squad after spending the past two seasons with the Portland Timbers of the MLS. There, he pulled double duty, splitting his playing time between the MLS Cup Champion team and the Timbers 2, in the USL. He scored two goals in six appearances for Timbers 2 and made four appearances with the A team.

“Michael is a natural left-footed player, but he can play the central attacking midfield role as well,” said Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell. “He helps us in areas that we’re always looking to improve on. He was in a positive, winning environment for the past couple of years and he was consistently in the 18-man match day squad for Portland, so we’re looking for him to bring his winning mentality here.”

Nanchoff is now the fourth player to make the cross-country trek from Portland to Tampa Bay, joining current-Rowdies and former-Timbers players Keith Savage, Kalif Alhassan, and Danny Mwanga for the 2016 season.

Drafted eighth overall by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Nanchoff went on to play two seasons for the team before joining the Timbers in 2013.

He then spent part of the 2013 season on loan to Sweden’s Jönköpings Södra IF, scoring twice for the Swedish side before rejoining Portland for the 2014 season.

Having played his college ball at Akron, Ohio, Nanchoff marks the third member of the Rowdies with ties to the Zips, joining Assistant Coach Stuart Dobson and defender Zac Portillos, though he didn’t overlap with either.

Rowdies preseason kicks-off on Feb. 13. The regular season begins in April.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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