Luther Midfielder Nigel Nielsen selected to play for USA D-3 All-Star Soccer Team

Ron Smith of USA Sports Tours & Events has announced that Luther College freshman midfielder, Nigel Nielsen has been selected to play for the USA D-3 All-Star Soccer Team that will tour Brazil this summer.

The USA D-3 All-Star team is comprised of 16 players from NCAA Division III teams from across the nation.

The USA D-3 Soccer team tour will run from May 27 through June 5.  The squad will begin with orientation and practice in Orlando, Florida for the first two days before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil for back-to-back-to-back contests in the City of Jundiai and the state of Sao Paulo on May 29, 30 and 31.  The teams will then travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for one more contest on June 3.  The team will be competing against top U-22 club teams from the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 

Aside from representing the USA on the pitch, the trip will also provide the USA D-3 Soccer Team with educational, social and cultural outreach opportunities within the communities they visit, and will also allow them to visit schools and historical sites throughout Brazil.

Sean Helliwell, Head Coach of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from Terre Haute, Indiana will be the Head Coach.

Nielsen helped lead Luther to a share of the 2013 Iowa Conference Championship and its seventh appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Norse finished the season with a record of 15-6-1.

Nielsen, a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School, is the son of Kirby and Judy Nielsen of Spencer, Iowa.


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