Assistant coach Marshall invited to U-23 national team camp
GREELEY – Northern Colorado assistant coach Nikki Marshall has been invited to a team camp for the U-23 U.S. women's national team from Oct. 2-7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The camp will be headed by the U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage. U.S. Soccer women's development director Jill Ellis and women's technical director April Heinrichs will also help Sundhage evaluate the group and look for potential candidates to call-up to the U.S. women's national team camps heading into the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver.
Overall, 24 athletes were invited to the camp. Marshall's former teammate at Colorado, Amy Barczuk, is invited as a defender and is the only other Colorado-born player invited to the camp.
"It's fantastic to see how much success Nikki has had both collegiately and professionally," Northern Colorado coach Tim Barrera said. "I've known Nikki since her youth days and I couldn't be more excited for her.
"I think representing the U.S. has had a very positive impact on her. Having both her and Simone (Borucinski) on staff has been great because they both have international experience. They can both really bring a lot to the table while coaching our kids and give a unique perspective that not too many schools can match."
Marshall joined Northern Colorado's staff this season after enjoying a stellar collegiate career at the University of Colorado. While in Boulder, she racked up 94 total points while scoring 42 goals. Her 17 goals as a freshman is a Buffs school-record.
The Mead, Colo. native already has a plethora of international playing experience, as Marshall was a member of the 2007 U-20 WNT that played in the Pan-American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Marshall helped lead Team USA to the finals, before falling to Brazil in front of almost 70,000 fans.
Under-23 Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest Univ.; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South; Kennesaw, Ga.), Emily Oliver (Stanford Univ.; Flossmoor, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (4): Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Amy Barczuk (Univ. of Colorado; Centennial, Colo.), Camille Levin (Stanford Univ.; Newport Coast, Calif.), Mollie Pathman (Duke Univ.; Durham, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Univ. of Virginia; St. Simmons Island, Ga.), Amber Brooks (Univ. of North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJack; Gibsonia, Pa.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State Univ.; Arnold, Md.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown Univ.; Upper Montclair, N.J.), Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers; Englewood, Colo.), Kylie Wright (Atlanta Beat; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Crystal Dunn (Univ. of North Carolina; Rockville Center, N.Y.), Sarah Hagen (Univ. of Milwaukee; Appleton, Wis.), Melissa Henderson (Univ. of Notre Dame; Garland, Texas), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Nikki Marshall (Boston Breakers; Mead, Colo.), Christen Press (magicJack; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest Univ.; Melbourne, Fla.), Lindsay Taylor (Stanford Univ.; Redwood City, Calif.), Nikki Washington (Boston Breakers; Mesquite, Texas)