July 11, 2007
U.S. Soccer World Cup Team Announcement Video
U.S. Soccer World Cup Team Roster
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois women's soccer head coach Marci Miller Jobson is one of 18 players selected to the United States' 2007 FIFA World Cup team as announced by U.S. Soccer coach Greg Ryan. A midfielder on the national team, Jobson and her teammates will begin their quest for the cup against North Korea on Sept. 11 in Chengdu, China.
"Obviously it is a great honor to be named to the World Cup team," said Jobson. "This is something that I have been working for throughout my career and to play for the national team is a goal I've had since I was a kid. Playing on the World Cup team and representing the U.S. is a great honor. Everyone at NIU, the team, Paul [Jobson] and the coaches, and Jim Phillips, has been extremely supportive towards my ambition to attain this goal."
Jobson and the U.S. team will make a local appearance before heading to China for World Cup competition. On August 12, the squad will host New Zealand in an exhibition match at Soldier Field in Chicago.
A native of nearby St. Charles, Jobson will add World Cup experience to her impressive resume of international competition. The roster is a product of about two-and-a-half years of player evaluation by Ryan and his staff that has included 42 international matches.
Jobson has been part of the U.S. team's residency program while assembling the World Cup team and donned her country's jersey for the Four Nation's Cup in January 2006, also held in China.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Marci to fulfill her dream by representing the United States in the World Cup," said NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jim Phillips. "In addition, our student-athletes will benefit in the long-term from the experience that she will gain by competing on the world stage. It takes a unique and outstanding individual to compete at the international level and simultaneously build a successful Division I program as a head coach. Marci certainly fits that mold and the entire university community will be cheering for her. To be sure, we are all so extremely proud of Marci for this amazing accomplishment."
Entering her third season as head coach of the Huskies, Jobson is building a program that saw its best season in nearly decade in 2006 when NIU reached the Mid-American Conference Championship Game and won eight contests. This season's squad looks to be among the contenders in the always challenging MAC.
While competing for the U.S., the Huskies will be continue to be led by assistant coach Paul Jobson, Marci's husband and lead assistant coach.
Jobson is a member of the St. Charles (East) High School Hall of Fame and went on to a successful collegiate career at Wisconsin and SMU. She earned All-Freshman accolades in 1994 and was named to the Soccer News All-Midwest and All-Sophomore teams while playing for the Badgers. At SMU, Jobson earned a pair of NSCAA All-Central Region honors and was a two-time first team All-Western Athletic Conference selection and the league's Mountain Division Player of the Year in both 1996 and 1997.
After concluding her college career, Jobson played professionally Turbine Potsdam of the German Women's Bundesliga before joining the WUSA for four seasons with the Atlanta Beat.