SAN LUIS OBISPO – Junior Jackson Brady – an offseason transfer from Salt Lake City Community College – became the latest Cal Poly men's soccer player to earn an international call-up following his late-June selection to the New Zealand U-23 Men's National Team for the July 7-20 Pacific Games football tournament in Samoa.
Placed in Pool A for the 11-nation tournament, New Zealand U23s opened the competition with a 13-0 victory against Tonga on July 8. Brady played the full 90 minutes in the opener for New Zealand, which resumes action on Wednesday versus host Samoa. The New Zealand U-23 squad completes pool play versus Vanuatu (July 12) and Papua New Guinea (July 15).
The winners of Pools A and B qualify for the gold medal match on Saturday, July 20.
The Pacific Games are a quadrennial, multi-sport event for countries around the South Pacific Ocean.
The football tournament at the Pacific Games comes ahead of the Oceania Football Confederation Olympic Qualifying Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 21-Oct. 5 in Fiji. The winner of that eight-nation competition qualifies for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
As a sophomore at Salt Lake City Community College last fall, Brady chalked up eight assists in 15 starts in helping the program to a 15-3-1 overall mark, a 9-2-1 Scenic West Athletic Conference record and a runner-up finish in the Region 18 championship tournament.
Brady debuted collegiately for Memphis in 2017, making 14 starts in 16 appearances and producing a goal and an assist.