New Zealand forward Elliot Collier has joined San Diego Loyal SC after scoring four goals for San Antonio FC during the club's run to the 2022 USL Championship title. | Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal SC announced on Tuesday the club had signed New Zealand international Elliot Collier ahead of the upcoming 2023 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Collier joins SD Loyal after spending last season with USL Championship title winner San Antonio FC, where he logged 1,240 minutes in 23 appearances. The striker recorded four goals and 20 shots on target while logging a shooting accuracy rate of 64.5 percent and 16 chances created.
Prior to joining San Antonio, Collier spent four seasons with Chicago Fire FC after he was drafted in the Third Round (49th overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by the club. In his four seasons with Chicago, Collier played in 54 matches (14 starts) and made 38 appearances while logging 1,750 minutes. Collier also spent time on loan in the USL Championship with Indy Eleven in 2018 and Memphis 901 FC in 2019, scoring the first hat trick in Memphis’ history.
“We have followed Elliot’s career for a long time,” said SD Loyal Head Coach Nate Miller. “He is a very versatile player with a lot of key attributes we want to add to our squad. Elliot is an excellent fit – he is a playmaker, has great instincts in the box, and is committed to the defensive side of his game. We are excited to integrate him into our team.”
Collier also has international experience with the New Zealand Men’s National Team. He earned his first call up in 2019 and saw two appearances in friendlies against Ireland and Lithuania. The forward began his career in New Zealand before moving to the United States to play at Loyola University (2014-2017).