Wisconsin freshman earns cap with New Zealand national team


Defender Sam Brotherton’s freshman season with Wisconsin has ended, but his journey with the full national team back home in New Zealand has only just begun.

The 19-year-old earned his first cap with the senior team starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a a friendly against Oman on Thursday. The All Whites won the match 1-0 on a fifth minute goal by Chris Wood.

Brotherton started all 16 games he played in for the Badgers this season and was recently named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Prior to arriving in Madison, Brotherton played for the host New Zealand in the U-20 World Cup, starting all four matches and scoring a goal. Xavier defender Cory Brown and Akron forward Stuart Holthusen were also on the team.

The Auckland native missed two games during the season to train with the senior team and was also called into the team for a friendly with Korea in March.

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