Matt Brown leaves international football after 11-year Para Soccer career
Posted on 27 August 2017 in Para Soccer
Matthew Brown of Peterborough has retired from an 11-year international career in Para Soccer. The 27-year old player represented Canada at four IFCPF World Championships and two Parapanamerican Games from 2007 to 2016.
Brown retired ranked second in the Canada Soccer Para Soccer program with 59 international appearances and third with 24 goals scored. He scored the winning goal when Canada won bronze at the 2007 Parapanamerican Games in Rio.
“From when I arrived in my first Canadian camp in June 2006, all the staff and players made me feel like I was part of a family,” said Brown. “From that first camp, I had a feeling that I could be part of this team for a very long time.”
Brown was 16 years old when he joined the program and 17 when he made his international debut at the 2007 Parapanamerican Games. After making his debut against Argentina on 13 August, he scored his first two goals in his second game against Colombia on 15 August. He scored his first of three career hat tricks on 12 November against South Africa at the 2007 World Championships in Rio.
Brown’s last international tournament was the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament in Vejen, Denmark, helping Canada qualify for the 2017 World Championships. He scored five goals in that tournament, including one goal in his final international match on 6 August against Japan.
Among the many highlights from his international career, playing at home in front of family and friends was at the top of the list. In 2015, he helped Canada finish fourth at the Parapanamerican Games in Toronto.
“When I was a kid, I always dreamed of putting on the Canadian jersey,” said Brown. “To the kids out there who think their dreams are too far to reach, keep working hard because one day your dream will become a reality.”