Nate Tozzi ’22 Signs to Play Soccer for Birmingham Legion
Nate Tozzi ’22 has signed a one-year USL Academy contract to play with the Birmingham Legion FC. As an elite player, he will play with the Legion FC first team so he can be exposed to a professional environment and further his development.
USL Academy contracts allow players to retain college eligibility while also being eligible to play in the USL Championship for a club’s First Team and open a clear pathway to gaining valuable experience training with professionals.
Nate’s dad and Indian Springs head soccer coach Rik Tozzi knew Nate couldn’t pass up the opportunity but is glad the deal will not affect his college eligibility.
“He’ll be a pro-team member, but he’s definitely going to go to college in the fall of 2023,” says Rik. “I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Nate was a member of the Indian Springs Boys Varsity Soccer team that won back-to-back state championships for the first time in school history in 2021 and 2022. He scored the only goal in Indian Springs’ 1-0 victory over Russellville in the AHSAA 2022 Class 4A-5A boys championship game less than a month ago. Nate finished the season with 38 goals and 20 assists. He had 75 goals and 52 assists for his career.
Nate was named to the Birmingham All-Metro First Team and the Alabama High School Soccer Coaches Super All-State First Team in 2021 and 2022. Nate was named to the 2022 United Soccer Coaches Spring High School Boys All-South Region Team. He was selected to the Alabama All-Star Soccer Game in 2021.
Nate isn’t sure where he will attend college next year, but his goal is to play collegiate soccer. “To finish high school and then start training with the Legion immediately is amazing,” says Nate. “I think training with professional players and learning from them will put me in a better position to play at a better school.”