A solid industrious midfielder normally found in a deeper role in the centre of the park, Tim Brown is a senior member of the All Whites and Wellington Phoenix set-up. Highly regarded by New Zealand and Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert, Brown has often been handed the captain's armband for both club, and also country in the absence of incumbent Ryan Nelsen. Most notably, with Nelsen unavailable, Brown led the All Whites in their third FIFA Confederations Cup campaign last year in South Africa.
Now 29, Brown has flourished under Herbert at the Phoenix and has been a regular for the club, as well as featuring in five of New Zealand's six FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers in the Oceania zone. He also played a key role in both legs of New Zealand’s historic playoff victory over Bahrain last November.
Like a number of fellow national team squad members, the early part of Brown's senior career was spent playing in USA's college system, spending several years at University of Cincinnati. There followed two seasons at USL club Richmond Kickers, before joining the Australian A-League with Newcastle Jets for a season. Three seasons into his Phoenix career Brown has now established himself as one of New Zealand's most reliable players.
Brown recently completed what is arguably his best domestic season, finding goalscoring form that had previously eluded him. Eight strikes from midfield in a highly successful season for the Phoenix no doubt has left Brown with new-found confidence in front of goal and adds to Herbert’s goalscoring options. Wellington-born Brown will likely feature prominently in Herbert’s plans with his ability to arrive late into the penalty area a key asset. A shoulder operation in late May after an injury sustained in a match against Australia saw Brown's South Africa 2010 preparations severely hampered.