Nikki Washington

Number: 21
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-4
Born: Aug. 1, 1988, in Dallas, Texas
Hometown: Mesquite, Texas
College: Univ. of North Carolina
Last Club: Canberra United (Australia)



Skilled with the ball in one-on-one situations and possessing good field vision, Washington joined Thorns FC after signing as a free agent on Jan. 31, 2013.

2013: Recorded one goal and two assists in a 11 appearances (10 starts) during the season ... Was placed on the disabled list on July 31 due to a knee injury ... Recorded the first assist for Thorns FC at JELD-WEN Field, delivering a free kick to Marian Dougherty in the 45th minute of a 2-1 win against Seattle Reign FC on April 21 in the home opener ... Scored her first career NWSL goal in the 51st minute of a 2-1 road win at Washington on May 4 ... Earned her second assist of the season on May 12 in a 2-0 road win at Chicago ... Appeared in 11 of the team's first 15 games ... Last played on July 6, logging 57 minutes in a 2-0 loss against the Boston Breakers.

Called into U-23 Women’s National Team camp from Oct. 2-7, 2011 … 2009: Was a member of the U-23 Women’s National Team player pool … 2008: Started five matches as the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile … Started and played 65 minutes in the championship match against North Korea … Appeared in four matches, scoring three goals and adding an assist as the U-20s earned second place at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Played alongside Thorns FC teammates Alex Morgan, Becky Edwards and Nikki Marshall with the U-20 WNT … 2007: Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team to a second-place finish at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.

2012: As a short-term injury replacement, Washington scored three goals in five games for Australian W-League side Canberra United … Made 11 appearances (10 starts) for the Pali Blues of the USL W-League, helping the team finish the regular season undefeated … Scored a goal in the USL W-League championship match, however, the Pali Blues lost the final on penalty kicks … 2011: Prior to the start of the WPS season, Washington signed with the Boston Breakers … Appeared in five matches for Boston before being traded to magicJack in June 2011 … Played in 14 games (9 starts) for magicJack following the trade … 2010: Drafted fifth overall by the Los Angeles Sol in the 2010 WPS Draft … The Los Angeles club ceased operations two weeks later and Washington was drafted sixth overall by Sky Blue FC in the dispersal draft on Feb. 4, 2010 … Could not come to contractual terms with Sky Blue FC and was traded to St. Louis Athletica in May 2010 … Signed with the Chicago Red Stars following the dissolutions of St. Louis Athletica in June 2010 … Made her WPS debut on July 25, 2010 as a 69th-minute sub for Megan Rapinoe in a 3-1 loss against the Boston Breakers.

A three-time NCAA National Champion with the University of North Carolina, Washington finished her four-year career at Chapel Hill with 17 goals and 28 assists in 73 games … Senior season was cut short due to an ACL injury … Started all 28 games as a freshman in 2006 … Set career high with seven goals as a sophomore in 2007 … Set career highs with nine assists as a freshman (’06) and a junior (2008) … Won NCAA titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Full name is Madeline Nicole Washington … She was named after her grandmother.