The Kiwi defender and MLS SuperDraft pick joins Los Zorros for the 2018 USL Season.
FRESNO - Fresno Football Club announced Tuesday the signing of Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS SuperDraft selection Cory Brown for the 2018 USL season. Brown was drafted 62nd overall by Whitecaps FC in January after starring four years at Xavier University. He joins fellow Whitecaps FC prospects Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Sean Melvin, and Noah Verhoeven at Fresno FC.
Brown, 21, has been in the United States since 2014, when he moved to Cincinnati to attend Xavier. He was a four-year starter, captained the team in his final two seasons while making 80 starts and appearances throughout his career. He tallied five goals and nine assists for the Musketeers, was a four-time All Big East Conference selection, three of which were First Team selections, and was named the 2016 Big East's Defensive Player of the Year. On the international stage, Brown has represented his native New Zealand in the U-17 and U-20 national teams.
"Cory has demonstrated himself as a talented footballer who has excelled consistently at the collegiate level here in the states," said Fresno FC general manager Frank Yallop. "He's a strong center back who will add more depth to our spine. He was drafted by our MLS affiliate because they believe he can excel at the professional level, and we're thrilled to be a part of the next stage in his career."
Transaction: Fresno Football Club signed defender Cory Brown to a one-year contract on March 20, 2018.
Name: Cory Brown
Weight: 190 lbs.
Date of Birth: April 3, 1996
Hometown: Nelson, New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Last Club: Xavier University (NCAA)
About Fresno Football Club
Fresno Football Club, the Central Valley’s first professional soccer club, is a member of the United Soccer League (USL). The club opens its inaugural season in March 2018 and will host home matches at Chukchansi Park in beautiful downtown Fresno. FFC exists to provide a top-class, inclusive and dynamic sporting experience in one of the nation’s most diverse regions.