Nico Benalcazar

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Nico Benalcazar
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Benalcazar
Date of birth (2001-06-06) June 6, 2001 (age 21)
Place of birth Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
New York City FC
Youth career
0000–2014 Beachside SC
2015–2019 New York City FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2021 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 54 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2022– New York City FC
National team
2019-2020 United States U20 2
2017-2018 United States U18 1
2016-2017 United States U16 3
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nico Benalcazar (born June 6, 2001) is an American soccer player from Wilton, CT who currently plays as a Defender for New York City FC previously playing with Wake Forest University and New York City FC academy.


Nico Benalcazar is part of the New York City FC Academy, and played for their MLS professional side in a preseason friendly against FC Copenhagen before their 2019 season while in Abu Dhabi, UAE.[1]

On January 19 2022, Benalcazar signed a Homegrown Contract with New York City FC. [2]

Youth Career

Benalcazar was voted onto the United States Soccer Development Academy in its U-15/16 Eastern Conference Best XI for the 2016-2017 season.

While acting as captain in the 2017-2018 season, he was awarded NYCFC U-19s’ Academy Player of the Year recognition. This award was given following the NYCFC Development Academy National Championship over LA Galaxy's U-19 squad in July of 2018.

Benalcazar has committed to playing college soccer at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, NC. He was rated as a 4 star recruit, and the No. 38 recruit in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer, including the No. 8 defender and No. 3 recruit from New York region.[3]

College Career

On August 30, 2019, Benalcazar made his collegiate debut for Wake Forest, playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 victory against UCF.[3]

Benalcazar left Wake Forest University in 2022 to sign with New York City FC. He played 54 matches with 49 starts. Benalcazar was named as captain for his last two years at the university. During the 2021 season he earned Third-Team All-ACC and Third-Team All-South Region honors. [4]

Professional Career

Benalcazar was signed to New York City FC on January 19 2022. [2]

International career

Benalcazar was born in the United States and is of Ecuadorian descent. He is a youth international for the United States at various levels.[5]


  1. "Match Recap: NYCFC 0-2 FC Copenhagen".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "New York City Football Club Sign Three Players to Homegrown Contracts".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nico Benalcazar: Wake Forest Soccer".
  4. "Nico Benalcazar Signs Homegrown Contract with New York City FC".
  5. "Nicolás Benalcázar, un posible seleccionado de Ecuador".

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