Ryan Nelsen(Greensboro College) and Kiwis run ends

Posted by Andy Durham on June 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm under Amateur, College, Professional | Comments are off for this article

New Zealand team captain Ryan Nelsen and his Kiwi team tied Paraguay, 0-0, in its final group game today. Despite going unbeaten (0-0-3) the All Whites were eliminated from the World Cup.

Nelsen, the Goal.com World Player of the Week, was lauded for spearheading New Zealand’s formidable defense. The Kiwis allowed just two goals in its three matches.

New Zealand recorded three points and was one point behind Slovakia, which advanced with group winner Paraguay. The Kiwis placed ahead of defending champion Italy (two points).

“It has been absolutely fantastic what Ryan and his team have done for their country,” said Darren Powell, Nelsen’s coach on the 1998 national runner-up team. “Led by Nellie the All White’s determination and spirit has been a great example for soccer.”

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