Cory Brown - New Zealand
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New Zealander Cory Brown selected by Whitecaps FC 62nd overall

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected defender Cory Brown in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Sunday. Over the next few days, Brown will either be invited to attend the club's first team camp or the club's USL affiliate Fresno FC.

Whitecaps FC opted to pass in the fourth and final round of the MLS SuperDraft. The club selected defenders Justin Fiddes and Lucas Stauffer in the first two rounds last Friday.

Defender Cory Brown

  • 80 starts and appearances in four years, two as captain, for the Xavier University Musketeers, tallying five goals and nine assists
  • 2016 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, four-time USC All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big East selection
  • Represented the New Zealand national team in the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cup tournaments

Brown, 21, made 80 starts and appearances for the Xavier University Musketeers, tallying five goals and nine assists, and represented the New Zealand national team in the youth levels.

The 5-foot-9 defender was a four-year starter at Xavier, enjoying a decorated career that was highlighted by Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year honours in 2016, and four United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Great Lakes Region selections, including three to the First Team. A captain in his final two years, Brown earned All-Big East honours after each of his four seasons at Xavier, being named to the First Team three consecutive times.

Internationally, the left-footed centre back from Nelson, New Zealand featured for his native country in the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cup tournaments.

Brown went to Nayland College in his hometown prior to moving to the United States.

Cory Brown
Position: Centre back
Height: 5-09 
Weight: 190 pounds
Date of Birth: April 3, 1996 in Nelson, New Zealand
Hometown: Nelson, New Zealand
Citizenship: New Zealand
Status: International, Unsigned
Last Club: Xavier University Musketeers (NCAA '14-'17)
Transaction: Selected 62nd overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Whitecaps FC on January 21, 2018