Colvey Makes History; New Zealand Drops Confederations Cup Opener

Colvey Makes History; New Zealand Drops Confederations Cup Opener

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Former Cal Poly men's soccer defender Kip Colvey became the first Mustang to appear in a FIFA tournament on Saturday after starting for his native New Zealand and playing the first 82 minutes of the FIFA Confederations Cup opening match versus host Russia. The All Whites, however, dropped a 2-0 decision inside Krestovsky Stadium.

Colvey, a member of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes and currently on loan at United Soccer League side Reno 1868 FC, earned his 11th cap for the All Whites on Saturday. He was substituted in the 83rd minute with New Zealand already trailing Russia, 2-0.

Played every four years and during the year prior to the FIFA World Cup, the eight-nation Confederations Cup comprises the World Cup host nation (Russia), the defending World Cup winner (Germany) and the current holders of the six confederation championships: UEFA (Portugal), CONMEBOL (Chile), CONCACAF (Mexico), CAF (Cameroon), AFC (Australia) and OFC (New Zealand).

For the 2017 Confederations Cup – played at four sites in Russia – New Zealand was drawn into Group A alongside the hosts, Portugal and Mexico.

New Zealand resumes Confederations Cup play on Wednesday, June 21 versus Mexico in Sochi (the match will be televised live on FS1). The All Whites conclude group stage action back in St. Petersburg versus defending European champion Portugal on Saturday, June 24. The top two finishers in each group advance to the June 28 and 29 semifinals. The 2017 Confederations Cup championship is Sunday, July 2.

Colvey made his full international debut last year when helping the All Whites capture the 2016 Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea. With that championship, New Zealand qualified for the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Colvey has also represented his native New Zealand at U-23 level and helped the All Whites reach the round of 16 at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Just the second former Cal Poly player to earn a full international cap, Colvey follows midfielder Junior Burgos (2009-10) – a six-cap winner with El Salvador.

A four-year starter at Cal Poly (2012-15), Colvey completed his Mustang career as a 2015 All-Big West Conference first team selection. San Jose Earthquakes then selected Colvey with the 49th overall pick in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.