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Elliot Collier gets first New Zealand start in friendly defeat

After making his national team debut on Thursday, Chicago Fire forward Elliot Collier earned his first start for his native New Zealand in a friendly against Lithuania on Sunday.

At National Stadium in Vilnius, Lithuania, Collier played 63 minutes for the visitors -- eventually being replaced by forward Max Mata -- in what became in a 1-0 win for Lithuania. A 45th minute goal from Lithuania's Arvydas Novikovas made the difference on the day.

Collier spent the 2019 season on loan in the USL Championship with first-year team Memphis 901 FC. In 26 USL Championship appearances, Collier scored the second-most goals (six) on the team. The Hamilton, New Zealand, native scored his first career hat trick in a 4-1 home win on July 6, becoming the first player in Memphis’ history to notch three goals in a game.

Since being selected in the third round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, Collier has 16 appearances (nine starts) for the Fire.