How young Kiwi has forged a pro’ career after going through US College system

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New Zealand age group international Jackson Brady says taking the right path from club football to the US College system has led to his professional career with United States franchise Miami 901.

The Blenheim-born right back plays for Miami 901 in the USL Championship (Eastern Conference) which is one tier beneath Major League Soccer.

Back in Christchurch for a break, Brady (25) has given an eight-minute interview to Christchurch United TV, explaining how he left Canterbury for the University of Memphis Tigers in 2017.

He then had seasons with the Salt Lake Community College Bruins followed by the California Polytechnic’s Mustangs.

Between college seasons, Brady returned to New Zealand and made appearances for Nomads United (2018) and Christchurch United (2019).

He signed professional forms with Memphis 901 for the 2022 season.

Brady played three games for the New Zealand Olympic team in 2019 and was previously a member of the national U-17 squad.

Brady … played for the NZ U-17s.

Brady’s interview with Christchurch United TV

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