Richmond Kickers midfielder Tim Brown earned two more caps with the New Zealand national team last week in a pair of losses against Chile.
Brown received praise from New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert as a "midfield workhorse" in their two friendlies in Chile, playing 63 minutes during a 4-1 loss April 25 in Rancagua, and going 90 minutes in New Zealand’s 1-0 loss in Calera.
The Press newspaper in New Zealand, though, described the midfield play this way: "The All Whites defended higher up the pitch, giving Chile far less room to roam. But there was still scant creativity from [Jeremy] Christie, Tim Brown or Raf de Gregorio in the Kiwi engine-room."
Former DC United and current Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen was not a part of the New Zealand team for the two matches, though it’s possible he could be a part of New Zealand’s squad for a June 5 friendly against Brazil. Brown will be hoping for another callup then, as well.
Brown earned his first international cap on May 31, 2004 in a 3-0 win over the Solomon Islands during the Oceania Football Confederation Nation’s Cup Tournament and made a second appearance with the All-Whites on June 9, 2005 in a friendly against Australia.
During the offseason, the native of Wellington, New Zealand earned two more caps, registering a combined 167 minutes in two victories over Malaysia. Brown was expected to be one of the Kickers not returning to the team after they dropped from the USL First Division to the USL Second Division, either going overseas or perhaps hooking up with another USL1 side. Those things did not work out for Brown.
Joining the Kickers during the 2004 season, Brown made his professional debut on July 10, 2004 against Atlanta. He broke into the starting lineup soon after when he scored the Kickers only goal in an friendly versus Nottingham Forest of the English First Division one week later.
Injury forced the central midfielder to the sideline until the last regular season match against Montreal. In his first full season with the Kickers in 2005, Brown started 30 of 30 games played in the midfield, logging over 2,700 minutes. He recorded two goals and two assists on the season, including a 30-yard equalizer at Vancouver on August 14.