PLAYER PROFILE: Nelson Blanco Flores #6

Nelson Blanco
Personal information
Full name Nelson Blanco Flores
Date of birth (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 24)
Place of birth San Miguel, El Salvador
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Left-back
Team information
Current team
North Carolina FC
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2014 Arlington SA
2015–2017 D.C. United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 North Carolina FC 4 (0)
2019–2020 San Diego 1904 6 (1)
2020 Oakland Roots 2 (0)
2021– North Carolina FC 82 (0)
International career
2021– El Salvador 8 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16 October 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 1 April 2023

Nelson Blanco Flores (born 17 August 1999) is a Salvadoran footballer who plays as a left-back for North Carolina FC in USL League One and the El Salvador national team.


Blanco played for the academy team at D.C. United for three seasons before signing with North American Soccer League side North Carolina FC on 11 October 2017.[1] He re-signed with North Carolina on 29 January 2018, when the club moved to the United Soccer League.[2] In August 2019, he joined San Diego 1904 FC, an expansion team in the National Independent Soccer Association.[3][4]

On August 6, 2020, Blanco signed with Oakland Roots SC of the National Independent Soccer Association.[5]

In March 2021, Blanco returned to North Carolina FC of USL League One.[6]


Blanco debuted for the El Salvador national team in a 1–0 friendly win over Bolivia on 6 November 2021.[7] Blanco started his first game for the El Salvador national team in a 1–1 tie vs Ecuador on 4 December 2021.He has also recently been called for the World Cup qualifiers.


  1. ^ North Carolina FC staff (11 October 2017). "North Carolina FC signs promising young midfielder Nelson Blanco". North American Soccer League. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ NCFC Communications (29 January 2018). "North Carolina FC re-signs homegrown Dre Fortune and emerging prospect Nelson Blanco". North Carolina FC. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  3. ^ Zeigler, Mark (4 September 2019). "Ready or not, San Diego's 1904 FC about to start pro soccer odyssey". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ Navarrete, Josué (2 October 2019). "Joven jugador salvadoreño es parte del equipo de Eden Hazard en los Estados Unidos y ya hizo un golazo" [A young Salvadoran player is part of the team of Eden Hazard in the United States and has already scored a golazo]. (in Spanish). El Diario de Hoy. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Roots Sign 20-Year-Old Salvadorian Midfielder Nelson Blanco". Oakland Roots SC. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  6. ^ "NCFC Signs Nelson Flores and Nelson Martinez to Contracts for 2021 Season". North Carolina FC. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  7. ^ "El Salvador vs. Bolivia - 6 November 2021 - Soccerway".

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