SAN LUIS OBISPO – On the eve of his first Cal Poly men's soccer training camp, incoming junior defender Jackson Brady received another call-up to the New Zealand U-23 Men's National Team's camp in preparation for the Sept. 21-Oct. 5 Oceania Football Confederation Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Fiji.
An offseason transfer from Salt Lake City Community College, Brady helped the New Zealand U-23s capture the gold medal at the July Pacific Games championship in Samoa.
With one berth in the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament available during the OFC qualifying tournament, New Zealand was drawn in Group A alongside the Solomon Islands, American Samoa and Samoa (group B consists of Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Tonga). The top two nations in each group qualify for the Wednesday, Oct. 2 semifinals. The championship is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5.
After visiting the Australia U-23s for friendlies on Friday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 9, New Zealand begins the OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21 versus Samoa.
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.
As a program, Cal Poly enjoys its first training sessions for the 2019 season on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The Mustangs will host their annual Green versus Gold intrasquad match on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.