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Stanford places three on Pac-12's All-Century Men's Soccer

 

Three Stanford men's soccer alumni were recognized when the Pac-12 Networks revealed the Pac-12 All-Century Men's Soccer roster on 'Pac-12 Sports Report' Monday night.

Defender Ryan Nelsen (1999-2000) was voted to the starting XI, while forward Ted Rafalovich (1978-81) and defender Chad Marshall (2002-03) were named as reserves. Twenty-three players representing five different decades were chosen from a field of 64 players nominated by Pac-12 institutions.

A panel that was made up of current coaches, former players and members of the media conducted voting. Notable voting participants included Pac-12 Networks soccer analysts Christopher Sullivan and Kelly Gray; Olympian and USMNT member Chris Henderson; and Ridge Mahoney, senior editor of 'Soccer America.'

Nelsen was a 2000 NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Pac-10 Player of the Year. He scored 28 goals in 375 professional appearances following his stint at Stanford.

He captained New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup and was named to the "World Cup Best XI" by ESPN in 2010.

Rafalovich tallied 79 points in 1978, which is second in NCAA single-season history. His 23 assists in 1978 is tied for second in NCAA single-season history, as well. His career assists per game (0.73) ranks 12th in NCAA history while his 62 career assists is second in NCAA history.

Rafalovich is one of 24 players in NCAA history with 40 career goals and 40 career assists. He ranks third in Stanford history in career goals (45) and tops in assists (62) and points (152). His 28 goals in 1978 is a school record as are his 23 assists and 79 points that season.

Marshall is a three-time MLS Defender of the Year (2009, 2009, 2014) and a three-time MLS Best XI (2008, 2009, 2014). He is a four-time MLS All-Star.

He started 11 times for the USMNT, helping his country to an 8-2-1 record in those matches. Marshall has appeared in 312 MLS games for the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders, scoring 17 times. At Stanford, he was the Soccer America Freshman of the Year in 2002.

— Stanford Athletics

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