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Where Are They Now: Nat Borchers

After retiring from professional soccer, what is Borchers up to now?

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Nat Borchers was a center back for Real Salt Lake from 2008 to 2014. Following the 2014 season, he was traded to the Portland Timbers. Borchers played in Portland for just 2 seasons, before announcing his retirement after rupturing his left achilles. During Borchers’ time in Salt Lake he scored 10 goals and played in 205 games. For the two years Borchers was in Portland he scored 4 goals and played in 52 games.

It was kind of controversial as to why Borchers ended up in Portland. There was an expansion draft at the end of the 2014 season, and Real Salt Lake had to create a list of 11 players to protect, but Borchers wasn’t on the list. According to sources, RSL’s front office wanted Borchers to be able to pick where he wanted to go, which is why he ended up in Portland. Many RSL fans were surprised and mildly skeptical by the decision to not protect him for the draft, seeing as how well he had played for RSL throughout 2014.

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Following his professional soccer playing career, Borchers and his family have stayed in Portland and Borchers has started a real estate business and invests in real estate. He renovates homes as well as has a blog on some aspects of real estate. Though mainly in Portland, Borchers ventures to Salt Lake City as well to do some of his work. He regularly updates his social media pages and his blog with what he’s been working on. On his Facebook he posts videos of the process of renovating and building his houses.

Outside of the real estate world, Borchers is still very invested in soccer. Despite being retired from the game, he still keeps it in his life. He is a youth coach, and on occasion, he does television appearances and analysis for the Portland Timbers. Outside of everything soccer and real estate, however, Borchers has two kids, a son and a daughter, and is married to his wife, Crystal.