Nikki Marshall

Number: 7
Position: Defender
Height: 5-7
Born: June 2, 1988, in Thornton, Colo.
Hometown: Mead, Colo.
College: Univ. of Colorado
Last Club: Western New York Flash (WPSL Elite)



A versatile defender who can play anywhere along the back line, Marshall also has skills as an attacking player, evidenced by her collegiate career at the Univ. of Colorado, where she holds the program career record for goals (42). Marshall returns to Portland for her second NWSL season in 2014, after originally signing on Jan. 31, 2013.

2014: One of two Thorns FC players to appear in all 24 regular-season matches (all starts), extending her streak to a club record 46 consecutive regular-season games ... One of five players in the NWSL to start all 24 regular-season matches ... Logged 2,072 minutes, ranking her fifth among players in the NWSL ... Named Thorns FC's Defender of the Year.

2013: Started all 22 regular-season matches for Portland during the inaugural NWSL season ... Finished the season with 1,871 minutes played, ranking her among team leaders ... Tallied one assist during the season ... Recorded an assist during the NWSL Playoffs, assisting Tiffany Weimer’s game-tying goal in the 65th minute of the NWSL semifinals against FC Kansas City on Aug. 24.

2012: Helped the Western New York Flash win the WPSL Elite championship ... Named MVP of the championship match against the Chicago Red Stars.

2011: Played six matches for magicJack during the 2011 season before being traded to Boston in July 2011 ... Appeared in seven matches for the Boston Breakers.

2010: Selected seventh overall in the 2010 WPS Draft by the Washington Freedom ... Started 25 matches as a rookie for Washington.

INTERNATIONAL: 2011: Called into camp twice during the year with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team ... Played three matches as the U-23 Women’s National Team earned the title at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21 to March 2, 2011 ... 2009: Called into camp with the U-23 Women’s National Team from April 11-19, 2009, in Portland, Ore. ... 2008: Started all six matches for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile ... Named Sierra Mist Woman of the Match in the championship game, a 2-1 win against North Korea ... Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team qualify for the World Cup, starting all five matches during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament ... Recorded a goal and an assist in the final of the Four Nations Tournament in La Serena, Chile, beating the host country 5-1 ... 2007: Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team to a second-place finish at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.

COLLEGE: Served as a forward at the University of Colorado from 2006-09, finishing her four-year career as the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 42 goals ... After setting a single-season record with 17 goals as a freshman in 2006, the Mead, Colo., native, went on to post program records in career points (93) and all-time game-winning goals (18), as well as numerous single-season and single-game records, including the fastest goal in Buffaloes’ history 23 seconds into a match against Saint Mary’s College in 2009 ... In all, Marshall amassed 17 program records in four seasons.

PERSONAL:  Young sister, Shaye, played four years for Colorado (2009-12), teaming up with Nikki during the 2009 season ... Spent several seasons after college as an assistant coach with the Univ. of Northern Colorado women’s soccer team.