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Colvey, New Zealand Fall Short in World Cup Qualifying Bid

Colvey, New Zealand Fall Short in World Cup Qualifying Bid

LIMA, Peru – With Kip Colvey seeking to become the first former Cal Poly men's soccer player to appear in a FIFA World Cup, his native New Zealand Men's National Team fell at Peru 2-0 Wednesday evening in the second leg of the OFC-CONMEBOL Inter-confederation playoff.

Colvey played all 90 minutes during Wednesday's playoff for New Zealand, which was seeking just its third World Cup appearance and first since 2010. The All Whites drew Peru 0-0 in the first leg of the playoff on Nov. 11 in Wellington, New Zealand.

With the away goals rule in effect, New Zealand could have reached the World Cup with a score draw. Peru, meanwhile, will return to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.

New Zealand reached the OFC-CONMEBOL Inter-confederation playoff by winning the Oceania Football Confederation qualifying tournament earlier this year. The All Whites defeated the Solomon Islands by an 8-3 goal aggregate over the two-legged final round in September. Peru reached the playoff after finishing fifth in the final South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifying standings.

Colvey, the only Cal Poly player to have ever played in a FIFA tournament after appearing for New Zealand in this past summer's FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, played all 90 minutes during the Nov. 11 opening leg versus Peru.

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.