Player Details

Name

Nkosi Tafari

Pronunciation

n-KOH-si tuh-far-eye

Height

6' 4"

Weight

192 lbs

Date of Birth

3.23.1997 (26)

Birthplace

Manhattan, NY, USA

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side

Unknown

Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 25-28
Career Summary

ACQUIRED

Selected by FC Dallas with the 14th overall pick (1st round) in the MLS SuperDraft on January 9, 2020. 
professional.

NATIONAL TEAM

  • Called up to the USMNT 2024 January training camp, his first-ever call up to the National team.

PROFESSIONAL

  • Set career highs in 2023 for starts (27), minutes (2487), goals (3) and assists (4).
  • In 2023, assisted fellow center back Sebastien Ibeagha’s goal at Vancouver (March 11) and scored at LAFC (March 25) on an assist from Sebastien Ibeagha.
  • Delivered a game-tying header in the 90+4’ at SJ (May 27).
  • Scored his first goal at Toyota Stadium with the game winner in the 90+7’ vs. ATX (Aug. 26).
  • Scored his first professional goal vs. Houston in 2021 and picked up two assists the same year.
  • Started in six matches for USL League One’s North Texas SC in 2020.
  • Named 2019 WAC Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team with Seattle University.
  • Started 18 times with Seattle’s backline and helped the Redhawks earn 10 shutouts and the WAC regular season title.
  • Transferred to Seattle after playing three seasons at UConn appearing in 46 matches with 17 starts.

PERSONAL

  • Goes by his middle name Tafari which means “he who inspires awe” in Amharic, or “Tough are I” in the Caribbean.
  • Fashion and anime enthusiast.
  • Best friend in MLS is Sebastien Ibeagha.