Sam Brotherton

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Sam Brotherton
Personal information
Full name Samuel Edward Brotherton
Date of birth (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Central defender
Club information
Current team
North Carolina FC
Number 5
Youth career
Westlake Boys High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Wisconsin Badgers 33 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Wanderers SC 16 (1)
2016 Des Moines Menace 5 (0)
2017–2019 Sunderland 0 (0)
2018Blyth Spartans (loan) 1 (0)
2019– North Carolina FC 34 (3)
National team
2015 New Zealand U20 7 (1)
2015– New Zealand U23 3 (0)
2015– New Zealand 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 1, 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 January 2019

Samuel Edward Brotherton (born 2 October 1996) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for North Carolina FC in the USL Championship. Brotherton also plays with the New Zealand national team.

Club career[edit]

Brotherton started his career in the ASB Premiership with Wanderers SC and made his debut in the opening of the 2014–15 ASB Premiership against Waitakere United in the 3–2 loss.[1] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Canterbury United in round 8.[2]

In 2015, he moved to the United States and signed for University of Wisconsin. Playing in the Big Ten Conference during his freshman year, Brotherton would go on to make 17 appearances in 19 games for Wisconsin.[3]


On 1 February 2017, Brotherton completed a deal with English Premier League side Sunderland until the summer of 2019.[4]

North Carolina FC[edit]

On 29 January 2019, Brotherton joined USL Championship side North Carolina FC.[5]

International career[edit]

Brotherton has represented New Zealand at several levels with his first representation being with the touring New Zealand under-19 schoolboys national team in England and Ireland in which he was vice captain. The team would go on to score wins against the U18 and U19 national teams of Ireland and Wales and draws against Scotland and England.[3]

Brotherton was then announced in the New Zealand national under-20 football team for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which was to be held in New Zealand.[6] Brotherton would go on to score his first international goal for New Zealand in the tournament in their 5–1 victory over Myanmar at Wellington Regional Stadium.[7]

Brotherton was part of the New Zealand national under-23 football team that participated in the 2015 Pacific Games, which doubled as qualification for the Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[8]

Brotherton's first senior international appearance would also arrive in 2015. He was called up to the squad to face South Korea in March,[9] however did not make an appearance. He would however be recalled for New Zealand's friendly against Oman in Seeb, Oman. Brotherton played the whole 90 minutes in which New Zealand won 1–0.[10]


  1. ^ "Waitakere Utd fight back to pip Wanderers". 1 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ Egan, Brendan (1 December 2014). "Canterbury Dragons stumble to lowly Wanderers". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Sam Brotherton Biography UWB". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Brotherton signs for Sunderland". - SAFC. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
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  6. ^ "Bazeley names U-20s squad". New Zealand Football. 15 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 September 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  7. ^ Danielson, Richard (5 June 2015). "U-20 FIFA World Cup: New Zealand make history in Wellington". NZ Herald. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Hudson names All Whites U23 squad". 26 June 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Hudson refreshes All Whites squad". New Zealand Football. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. ^ "All Whites secure first victory under coach Anthony Hudson in Oman". 13 November 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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