Birthdate: 10/02/96 (age: 23)
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Weight: 200 lbs
Citizenship: New Zealand
Previous Club: Sunderland A.F.C.
Club History Year-by-Year:
2019-20: North Carolina FC (USL Championship)
2018: Blyth Spartans (loan) (National League North)
2017-18: Sunderland AFC (EFL Championship)
2014: Wanderers SC (ASB Premiership)
Has played five seasons professionally and three with North Carolina FC … Physical center back with international experience and can help the team build from the back ... Led all NCFC defenders with three goals in 2019.
2020 (USL Championship): Played in 11 games for 907 minutes in 2020 … Started 10 matches at center back.
2019 (USL Championship): Made 32 starts, played 2,874 minutes and scored three goals ... Scored his first goal for NCFC against Hartford on April 27... Scored again on May 24 at NY Red Bulls II ... Been a steady part of a stout NCFC back four ... Scored match-tying goal in 3-1 win against Ottawa Fury FC on Sept. 28, his third tally of the season.
2019 Open Cup: Started one match and played 45 minutes.
Previous/International Experience: Began professional career in 2014 with Wanderers SC of New Zealand's ASB Premiership, where he scored one goal in 16 appearances with the club ... Has 12 caps with the New Zealand National Team, and was part of the squad that competed at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia ... Also scored for New Zealand at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup ... Played two seasons collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, making 33 appearances from 2015-16 and earning All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 2016 ... Signed a contract with Premier League side Sunderland A.F.C. in January 2017 and spent two seasons with the club ... Also appeared on loan with Blythe Spartans in 2018.
Getting to Know Sam
Hobbies: Spending time with friends, reading, yoga and swimming.
Favorite team (any sport): Liverpool
Favorite Athletes: Virgil van Dijk
Favorite musicians/bands: Drake
Favorite TV shows/movies: Peaky Blinders, The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite food/restaurant in the Triangle: Enrigo Italian Bistro
If he could play any other sport professionally: Waterpolo.