Chris Nanco: A Tribute to Forge FC’s Inaugural Signing

In Forge FC’s history, certain names stand out not just for their talent on the pitch but for their contribution to the growth and success of the sport in Hamilton. One such name is Chris Nanco, a winger whose journey from the youth level of Sigma FC, to the college fields of Syracuse University, to the professional ranks marked a significant chapter in the story of Forge FC.

Nanco’s soccer prowess was evident early on, as he earned accolades such as being named an ACC all-star during his time at Syracuse University. His ability to find the back of the net, showcased by 21 goals in 84 career games for the Orange, caught the attention of scouts and fans alike. Representing Canada at the U-17 and U-20 levels further underscored his potential as a rising star in North American soccer.

The next chapter of Nanco’s career began when he was selected 55th overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2017 MLS draft. Although initially assigned to the Union’s USL affiliate team in Bethlehem, Nanco’s skills continued to develop, setting the stage for his eventual transition to Forge FC.

It was on November 29, 2018, that Chris Nanco, alongside Kyle Bekker, made history as Forge FC’s first-ever signings. This momentous occasion not only signaled the birth of a new era for the club but also laid the foundation for the future success and achievements that Forge FC would go on to carve out in the Canadian Premier League (CPL).

Known for his explosive pace and technical abilities on the wing, Nanco quickly became a fan favourite at Forge. Over four seasons spanning from 2019 to 2022, he made 71 appearances for the club, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the team’s cause. While his individual statistics of 9 goals and 2 assists are noteworthy, Nanco’s impact extended far beyond mere numbers.

As a member of the leadership group within Forge FC, Nanco played a pivotal role in guiding the team to back-to-back championships in 2019 and 2020, solidifying the club’s status as a force to be reckoned with in Canadian soccer. His contributions on and off the field exemplified the values of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship that define the spirit of Forge FC.

As Chris Nanco bids farewell to professional soccer, his legacy remains etched in the history of Forge FC. His passion, skill, and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark on the club and its supporters. While the chapter may close on his playing career, the impact of his contributions will continue to inspire future generations of players and fans.

On behalf of Forge FC and the broader soccer community, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Chris Nanco for his remarkable journey and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors. Thank you, Chris, for being an integral part of Forge FC’s story and for your enduring contributions to the beautiful game.