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THORNS ACQUIRE DEFENDER NIKKI MARSHALL IN TRADE
Portland also gets No. 9 overall pick in 2014 College Draft, sends two draft to Seattle Reign FC
(Dec. 10, 2013) — Portland Thorns FC announced Tuesday the team has acquired defender Nikki Marshall and the No. 9 pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Portland’s No. 6 pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft and a second-round pick in the 2015 Draft.
 
Marshall, 25, helped guide Thorns FC to the inaugural NWSL championship while appearing in every match during the regular season and both playoff games. She was one of just three players to start all 22 regular-season matches for Portland during the 2013 season. A Colorado native, Marshall provided the game-tying assist in a 3-2, come-from-behind win after extra time in the semifinal round of the NWSL Playoffs against FC Kansas City on Aug. 24. 
 
Marshall was waived by Portland on Sept. 6 and selected by the Washington Spirit in the NWSL Waiver Draft on Sept. 9. The former U.S. youth international was then traded from Washington to Seattle on Oct. 25.
 
With the swapping of draft picks, Thorns FC now hold the No. 9, No. 14, No. 22 and No. 30 selections in the 2014 NWSL College Draft on Jan. 17 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
 
 
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