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Nicci Wright

Nicci Wright is a former Canadian World Cup goalkeeper, and was a member of the Washington Freedom team.

Wright started 38 international games for the Canadian National Team from 1996-2003, the most in Canadian soccer history upon her retirement. She recorded 11 shutouts, the second-most in Canadian women’s soccer history, and she is the only Canadian goalie to win a game against the full U.S. Women’s National Team.

In the fall of 2000, Wright played for the World Indoor All-Star Team which competed against the U.S. in the Discovery Channel Indoor Tour. In 2001, she played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL’s W-League, recording five shutouts in nine games and leading the team to the national final.

In 2002, Wright played in the Swedish Women’s League, elite Damallsvenska, for Alvik IK in Lulea, Sweden, where she was voted Footballer of the Year for Northern Sweden.

With the  Washington Freedom of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), she played in more than 45 league, exhibition and international games from 2003-2006. One of only 32 international players signed in the WUSA and one of only three international goalies to play in the WUSA, Wright was the team captain for the 2006 season, and she helped lead the Freedom to the 2003 WUSA championship.

Wright  was named goalkeeper coach for the Washington Freedom of the WPL in September 2006. Wright served as an assistant coach at UMBC in 2007 before joining the Freedom coaching staff full time. At the time she was only one of 6 female coaches in the WPL.

Wright coached high school girls soccer in Canada from 1996-2000. Wright has also coached several local club teams since 2003, including the Calverton Soccer Club, the Freestate Soccer Club, and McLean Youth Soccer, where she is currenly the Age Group Director for Girls U12-14, and was a Maryland ODP coach for 5 years.

A native of Duncan, British Columbia, Wright graduated from the University of Victoria in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in physical education.

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