Jayden Nelson (born September 26, 2002) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a forward for Toronto FC.
Nelson began playing for Toronto FC Academy in the USSDA in 2016, playing for the U14 team. He has since played for the U16/17 and U18/19 teams as well.
Toronto FC III
Nelson made his debut for Toronto FC III in League1 Ontario on September 2, 2017 in a game against Toronto Skillz FC. He scored his first goal for Toronto FC III on June 17, 2018 against Windsor TFC.
Toronto FC II
Nelson made his professional debut for Toronto FC II in USL League One on April 6, 2019, coming on as an 82nd minute substitute for Jacob Shaffelburg against Orlando City B.
On January 23, 2020, Nelson signed a Homegrown Player contract with first-team Toronto FC. He made his MLS debut for Toronto during the MLS is Back tournament, starting their round of 16 match against New York City.
Nelson made his debut for the Canada national under-15 team in the 2017 CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship on August 13, 2017 against the United States. Nelson played in all four games of the tournament as Canada reached the semi-finals.
Nelson made his debut for the Canada national under-17 team in the 2019 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on May 2, 2019 against the United States. Against Guatemala in the second game of the group stage, Nelson scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win. Nelson scored twice more in the tournament – against Curaçao and Costa Rica respectively – as Canada qualified for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the first time since 2013. At the end of 2019, Nelson was named the Canadian Men's Youth International Player of the Year.
Nelson was named to the Canadian U-23 provisional roster for the 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship on February 26, 2020.
In January 2020, Nelson was called up to the Canadian senior team ahead of friendlies against Barbados and Iceland. He made his debut on January 7 against Barbados, coming on as a substitute in a 4–1 victory and scored his first goal three days later, also against Barbados.
1 appearances in the current 2023 Season