2017 (Columbus): Hansen made 14 appearances (three starts): 11 appearances (three starts) at right midfield, two appearances at left midfield and one appearance at forward, and he scored one goal and recorded two assists this season. He made his MLS debut for Crew SC in a home match against the Portland Timbers (March 25), coming on as a substitute in the second half and scoring his first career MLS goal and game winning goal in the 84th minute. Hansen made substitute appearances in a home match against Orlando (April 1) and a road contest against Chicago (April 8). He made his first regular-season start against Toronto FC (April 15), recording his first regular-season assist, and would start the following game at the New York Red Bulls (April 22). Hansen made substitute appearances in home matches against New York City FC (April 29), the New England Revolution (May 6) and Toronto FC (May 10). He made a substitute appearance in a road match against the Montreal Impact (May 13), recording his second assist of the season. Hansen returned to the starting lineup in a road contest against Toronto FC (May 26) and then made substitute appearances in consecutive road matches against the Colorado Rapids (June 3) and Atlanta United FC (June 17). He missed the matches against the Montreal Impact (June 24), Atlanta United FC (July 1) and Minnesota United FC (July 4) after being listed as out following surgery to repair a hernia during those weeks, as well as the match against the Philadelphia Union (July 22) after being listed as questionable following surgery to repair a hernia. Hansen missed the matches against the Chicago Fire (August 12), Orlando City SC (August 19), the LA Galaxy (August 23), FC Dallas (August 26) and Sporting Kansas City (September 10) after being listed as questionable those weeks with a right thigh strain. He made a substitute appearance in a home match against D.C. United (September 30). Hansen made one substitute appearance at right midfield in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. He made a substitute appearance in a road match against Atlanta United FC (October 26) in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round and scored a goal in the penalty-kick shootout.
Hansen played four seasons at the University of New Mexico, making 79 appearances (65 starts), scoring 28 goals and providing 14 assists. During his senior year, he earned NSCAA Third Team All-American, NSCAA First Team All-Southeast Region and First Team All-Conference USA honors (2016). As a junior, the forward made the Second Team All-Conference USA and was named the MVP of the TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational tournament (2015). Hansen was named to the Team All-Conference USA and he Grange & Ashwill Memorial All-Tournament Team in his junior year (2014). During his first year at the University of New Mexico, he earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors (2013). Hansen also played for the Sounders FC U-23 side in the USL PDL (2014).
Name: Niko Hansen (KNEE-co)
Born: September 14, 1994 in Randers, Denmark
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Citizenship: United States/Denmark
Drafted: Selected in the First Round (Ninth overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017
Previous Experience: University of New Mexico (2013-2016)
Hansen’s parents are Peter and Monica. He has a younger sister named Shannon. His hobbies include spending time with friends and going on hikes to see nature. Hansen’s favorite movie is Road to El Dorado. Although he plays video games on consoles, he prefers to play them on computer. His favorite food is tri-tip steak. Hansen’s favorite place in the world is Monaco and looks forward to visiting there again. Growing up, he looked up to Brazilian star Ronaldinho and later tried to emulate Eden Hazard. His favorite soccer memory is being in the 2017 MLS Combine and being chosen in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Hansen is a dual-citizen of Denmark and the United States. He is bilingual, speaking both Danish and English.