PLAYER PROFILE: Sam Brotherton #5

Sam Brotherton
Personal information
Full name Samuel Edward Brotherton
Date of birth (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 27)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Central defender
Team information
Current team
Forward Madison FC
Number 12
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)
2019–2020 North Carolina FC 42 (3)
2021–2022 Auckland City FC 37 (4)
2023– Forward Madison FC 15 (0)
International career
2015 New Zealand U20 7 (1)
2015– New Zealand U23 3 (0)
2015– New Zealand 12 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16 October 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 January 2019

Samuel Edward Brotherton (born 29 October 1996) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for Forward Madison FC in USL League One. Brotherton also plays with the New Zealand national team.

Club career

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.[2] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Canterbury United in round 8.[3]

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.[4]


On 1 February 2017, Brotherton completed a deal with English Premier League side Sunderland until the summer of 2019.[5]

North Carolina FC

On 29 January 2019, Brotherton joined USL Championship side North Carolina FC.[6]

Auckland City FC

Brotherton signed with Auckland City FC of the New Zealand Football Championship on 22 January 2021.[7]

Forward Madison FC

Brotherton signed with Forward Madison FC of United States Division III league USL League One on 16 January 2023.[8]

International career

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.[4]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Brotherton's first senior international appearance would also arrive in 2015. He was called up to the squad to face South Korea in March,[12] 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.[13]


  1. ^ "Sam Brotherton". Auckland City FC. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Waitakere Utd fight back to pip Wanderers". 1 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ Egan, Brendan (1 December 2014). "Canterbury Dragons stumble to lowly Wanderers". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sam Brotherton Biography UWB". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Brotherton signs for Sunderland". - SAFC. February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. ^ "New Zealand's Brotherton Bolsters NCFC's Defense". 29 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Brotherton and Vincent join Navy Blues". 22 January 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  8. ^ Warwick, Evan (16 January 2023). "Sam Brotherton Signs With Forward Madison FC". Forward Madison FC. Archived from the original on 16 January 2023. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Bazeley names U-20s squad". New Zealand Football. 15 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 September 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. ^ Danielson, Richard (5 June 2015). "U-20 FIFA World Cup: New Zealand make history in Wellington". NZ Herald. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Hudson names All Whites U23 squad". 26 June 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Hudson refreshes All Whites squad". New Zealand Football. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  13. ^ "All Whites secure first victory under coach Anthony Hudson in Oman". 13 November 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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