Band of Brothers: Nicklaw Brothers Reunite

Gaum teammate Travis spends week training with Armada FC and older brother Shawn
Jan 22, 2016

Armada FC Public Relations | Jan. 22, 2016 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The first week of Armada FC head coach Tony Meola’s preseason training commenced on Monday and several new faces joined the ranks out at Patton Park.

Between all the fresh set of personalities, Travis Nicklaw, fellow Guam teammate and the younger brother of Armada defender Shawn, joined the group in route to his first professional trial.

While fresh out of NCAA Division I San Diego State University and training with the team for the week, the reunited Nicklaws took to the intense two-a-day trainings like true professionals.

 “It’s just like the national team,” said Travis. “It is definitely been a great experience here with the Armada. I really appreciate them letting me train with them here. It is a different atmosphere from college.”

He added: “Growing up with my brother, I’ve kind of gotten to know what he likes and doesn’t like. We read each other pretty well. You guys probably know him just as well as I do by now.”

While the two spend time together playing in international qualifiers with “The Matao” (the Guam National Team), their gatherings are never often enough. A life in professional soccer is demanding, but it doesn’t stop the two from making time to reminisce.

“It feels good.” said Shawn. “He is coming out of college and is going into preseason with another team, so coming out here is a great experience for him and of course for us. It’s good to have this little memory of training together this year in Jacksonville.”

After years of playing with his younger brother in the youth leagues of Southern California, Shawn has an easy time with reading Travis out on the field.

“He is a big, tall target forward,” said Shawn.” It is always good to play and when you get a chance to step back and see what you are doing together it is pretty amazing.”

He added: “He knows what I am doing before I even do it. I know where he is going to do before he even gets the ball. I got the ball out wide, and he already knew I was going to look up for him, so he made a run. He took it and scored a goal. That is just years of playing ball out in the front yard together.”