Having attended the MLS combine in 2010, Becerra signed his first professional contract in 2011 when he signed with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Professional Division. He made his professional debut on April 23 in a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and scored his first professional goal on May 14 in a 1-1 tie with the Richmond Kickers. He finished his first season with three goals and two assists in 15 matches.
College and Amateur
Attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, where he was a teammate of Miami FC‘s Jose Angulo. He began his college soccer at Centenary College of New Jersey, where he earned NSCAA second team Metro Region accolades, Skyline Conference first team honors, and was named Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year. Prior to his sophomore season he transferred to St. John's University. In 2008, Becerra earned NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team honors; he was also named the Midfielder of the Year for the Big East conference and was part of the All-BIG EAST first team as a junior. He helped lead the Red Storm to their first College Cup appearance since 2003, earning himself an invitation to the 2010 MLS Combine.
As a collegiate, Becerra played in the United Soccer League‘s Premier Development League for the Long Island Rough Riders and the Central Jersey Spartans. There he scored three goals in 10 games with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2008 and with Central Jersey he tallied eight assists in only nine games in 2010.
Nelson David Becerra is the son of Margarita Marquez and Nelson Becerra. Lists his mother as the person he admires most and Ronaldinho as his favorite athlete. Majored in sport management at St. John‘s.