Thursday, April 5, 2012

Whitecaps Women add WSU’s Setterlund

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday the return of three Canadian U-20 national team players, including Washington State University midfielder Nicole Setterlund, for the 2012 USL W-League season. Setterlund, 19, returns for her third season with Whitecaps FC in the W-League after making three appearances during the 2011 W-League season.

“Nicole had a fantastic freshman year at Washington State,” said Symons in the club announcement. “We look forward to having her bring a strong presence to the team in a holding midfield or central midfield role.”

A native of Surrey, BC, Setterlund recently finished her freshman year of NCAA Division I soccer at Washington State University, appearing in each of the Cougar’s 23 matches while scoring one goal and recording two assists. Her performance saw her named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Pacific Region Second Team.

Also announced today were the additions of Jenna Richardson and midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki.

Joining her compatriots Richardson and Sawicki, Setterlund made two appearances for Canada at the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. In 2010, the product of Semiahmoo soccer club captained her country to the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship title in Costa Rica, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Additionally, Setterlund captained the team at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago, starting all three matches.

Richardson has spent part of the last two years also playing at Oregon State University. The club has also announced the addition of former WPS player Mele French, who played at the University of Oregon (2002-03).