Menace Intern Jordan Guy brings you a Player Spotlight each week of the 2013 season. This week’s spotlight features Menace forward Nico Wright. Posted July 10, 2013.
With dreams as large as Nico Wright’s are, it’s easy to see why one country just wasn’t enough to contain him.
Since arriving in the United States from his native Jamaica in 2011, Wright has spent his time playing soccer and chasing his aspirations.
“I want to become a professional soccer player; that’s my dream,” Wright said. “My unique attribute has to be my heart, soul and love for the game. A lot of people don’t love the game as much as I do.”
Wright’s ambition was born when he was eight years old. Following in his older brother Jason’s footsteps, Wright began his soccer career playing for a small club team in his hometown of St. Catherine, Jamaica. After 20 years in his home country, Wright moved to America for its better resources and greater opportunities.
“America is wonderful; the environment and people are especially great,” said Wright. “I really like it here.”
Joining rising soccer power Fairleigh Dickinson University (N.J.) immediately after switching countries, Wright played two seasons for the Knights before joining the Des Moines Menace.
Playing in 12 games and starting six, Wright has found a spot for himself leading the Menace attack alongside fellow Jamaican, Jimmy Tulloch. The duo has accounted for six of Des Moines’ last 11 goals.
Wright’s success this season has come mostly while playing the Kansas City Brass. Scoring the opening goal in each of the Menace’s three games, Wright has led Des Moines to a season sweep over the Brass while earning Man of the Match honors in each. His trio of accolades leads the team.
Alongside his achievements, Wright simply seems happy to be playing the game he loves for an organization he respects.
“The Menace organization is great; they’re very well run,” said the junior-to-be. “They’re very professional in everything they do.”
Wright plans to continue chasing his dream of playing on the biggest stages of soccer when he returns to his college team at Fairleigh Dickinson, where he looks to finish his bachelor’s degree and eventually earn a master’s degree in communication studies. But before heading back to New Jersey, Wright knows there’s unfinished business for the Menace.
“We’ve had a tough emotional season with lots of ups and downs. But we have the chance to make it become something great if we make it into the playoffs.”
Name: Nico Wright
Hometown: St. Catherine, Jamaica
College: Fairleigh Dickinson (NJ)
Classification and Degree: Junior in communication studies with a minor with criminal justice
Pre-game Ritual: Listening to Bob Marley
Favorite Goal-scoring Celebration: Wave to crowd and Kiss
Favorite Movie: Any Given Sunday
Favorite Food: Boneless barbeque wings
Favorite Player: Ronaldinho