While crafting his soccer skills throughout high school, club and adult leagues, Nelson received a full soccer scholarship to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. During his time there he helped win conference, regionals and runners-up accolades in the NCAA DIl championships. While at the university he was acknowledged with prestigious awards including All-American and was inducted into the university Hall Of Fame. After graduating from LMU, Nelson signed up for open tryouts with MLS club Kansas City Wizard — now Sporting KC. He was offered a contract by the coaches after he demonstrated his skills on the pitch.
Nelson currently is an entrepreneur and owns two local San Diego businesses. He is married to his beautiful wife Cassie and they have four children – Daizy, Ezekiel, Jazlene and another one the way in August 2016.