Date of birth: 19/06/2005 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Saratoga, California (USA)
Youth career: De Anza Force Soccer Club, IMG Academy, San Jose Earthquakes (since 2017)
Current club: San Jose Earthquakes
Squad number: 30
Current national team: USA U-20
Position: central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 100.000 €
Tournaments participated in: 2022 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (5/3)
Contract until: 31.12.2025
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Giovani Lo Celso
– ball control
– efficiency in defensive duels
– operating with his right weaker foot
Style of play:
– roaming playmaker
– likes to have the ball at his feet and has the natural ability of an ‘orchestrator’ midfielder who can perform at all of midfield positions
– player with excellent technical ability, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, and fast direction shifts in possession
– midfielder who sees the game differently from most revealing creativity, cleverness at his off-the-ball movements, great vision, and passing ability orchestrating or providing dynamism to the team’s build-up process with ease and effectiveness
– fast, dynamic, and mobile player who covers a lot of space
– likes to speed-up the game with progressive runs and passes
– very good in combination play
– cultured passer with a proclivity for breaking the lines with intricate vertical balls
– extraordinary thinking when on the ball – he often chooses options which are unexpected for the opposition
– high football IQ and spatial awareness
– has the ability and confidence to provide good through/killer passes in the final third
– great composure, elegance, and retention skills under pressure/press-resistant player
– displays a natural technique to dribble and take fast decisions in tight spaces
– constantly asking for the ball and often is an additional passing option
– avoids using his right weaker foot
– good direct and indirect set-piece taker
Tsakiris makes a quick decision after receiving the ball and provides a superb pass to create a big chance for his teammate.
Tsakiris loses his marker with a brilliant first touch and provides a superb through ball to his striker.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Central midfielder in 4-3-3.
2022 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship winner with USA.
League summary (as for 19 July 2022):
MLS 2022 (ongoing): 2 games/0 goals (San Jose Earthquakes)
MLS Next Pro 2022 (ongoing): 2 games/0 goals (San Jose Earthquakes II)
Niko Tsakiris joined San Jose Earthquakes from IMG Academy in 2017. In January 2022, he became the fifth youngest player in club history to sign a homegrown contract. He made his professional debut on 12 March 2022 in a league fixture against Philadelphia Union becoming Quakes’ third youngest player ever after Cade Cowell and Gilbert Fuentes. Niko is also a regular youth international – he was the youngest member of US roster at the 2022 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship which young Americans won in great style.
“Hard work is fun for me. I love this game so much that it’s a ‘let’s go type of thing.’ When you love it, it’s not that hard to keep showing up and keep putting in the work.”
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European league.