Shawn Nicklaw

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Shawn Nicklaw
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Personal information
Full name Shawn Robert Nicklaw
Date of birth (1989-04-15) April 15, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender, Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Jacksonville Armada FC
Youth career
2006–2007 San Diego Nomads
2007–2010 Connecticut Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 HB Køge 6 (0)
2013 Wilmington Hammerheads 21 (1)
2014 Thór 16 (4)
2015– Jacksonville Armada FC 0 (0)
National team
2012– Guam 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 18, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 8, 2013

Shawn Nicklaw (born April 15, 1989) is a Guamanian international footballer who currently plays for Thór in the Pepsi deildin. Nicklaw is an offensively oriented right-back with good technique and game understanding.[1]



Nicklaw played with the Nomads Soccer Club, earning the 2007 Red Bull National League Championship. During high school he helped lead his team to the 2005 California Interscholastic Federation Championship and the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Eastern League Championships. Shawn also lettered two years in track and field for the Men's 400m.[2]


Nicklaw played college soccer at the University of Connecticut between 2007 and 2010. During his time at UConn, he played 80 games, scored 2 goals, 7 assist, 39 shots, 12 shots on goal and 1 game-winning goal.[3]


PSC Elite[edit]

In 2011, Nicklaw attended a Pro Soccer Consulting combine in San Diego where he met contacts who invited him to a European Showcase Tour in Turkey in January this year. It was in Turkey that he was spotted by the management and coaching staff of HB Køge. [4]

HB Køge[edit]

Nicklaw then signed a two-year contract with the professional Danish football club beginning July 1, 2012.[5] HB Køge played in the Danish Superliga, the highest division in Denmark, during the 2011–2012 season.[6]

Wilmington Hammerheads[edit]

In 2013 Nicklaw transferred back to the United States where he played for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL Pro.


Nicklaw signed with Icelandic Premier League club Thór in April 2014. Shawn's National team experience and ability to play multiple positions gives Thór options.


In November 2012, Nicklaw confirmed he would be representing Guam at International level. Matao head coach Gary White was introduced to Nicklaw by a personal contact in San Diego.[7] Nicklaw played with the Matao, including the East Asian Cup semifinal round, in Hong Kong (2012) and AFC Challenge qualifier in Yangon, Myanmar (2013).[8] During the AFC Challenge Nicklaw helped the Matao achieve their first win in its history against the Chinese Taipei.[9] Nicklaw's contribution has helped Guam to reach their highest FIFA ranking to date.[10][11]

In 2014, Nicklaw scored his first international goal against Northern Mariana Islands in the Preliminary round 1 EAFF East Asian cup. Guam finished first within the tournament advancing to the semifinal round for the third-straight time.[12]

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Guam's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Reference
1 25 July 2014 GFA_National_Training_Center, Harmon, Guam Northern Mariana Islands 5–0 3–1-0 Preliminary round 1 EAFF East Asian cup [13][14]