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Auckland, New Zealand
Another New Zealander in the colleger ranks. Prototypical hard man at right centerback.
What Scouts Say:"Good, steady, solid player and someone you had to keep your eye on ... Hard worker ... Played in midfield previously and became their rock in the center of the back ... Played out wide some and he's been moved around ... Good college soccer player, but doesn't necessarily stand out ... He's always talked about as all-conference and others have rated him over the years ... Not sure if he's polished enough for MLS ... Thought he was better in his freshman and sophomore years ... Over the last two years the pace of the game may have caught up with him ... Tough kid. Little slow on the turn, but very good when the game is in front of him ... Leader type ... Hard on the tackle and knows how to tackle ... if you put athlete beside him on the back line it could be very beneficial ... He could very well get a chance in MLS but he may be more suited to a level just below MLS ... His toughness is a real factor ... He could maybe play defensive midfield in MLS."
College (Florida International University): The only four-time all-conference honoree in the history of FIU men’s soccer and in 2012 became the first All-American recipient since Alen Kozic in 1997. Hobbs finished his career at FIU with 67 games played, seeing 5,843 minutes on the pitch ... A regular in the starting lineup, Hobbs made All-Conference USA First Team as a junior in 2011 and was also FIU's defensive team MVP in 2010 and 2011.
Club: Named the Waitakere United Youth MVP and team captain in 2008 and '09 ... Selected as the 2007 Glenfield Rovers Football Club Young Player of the Year ... Played for Portland Timbers U23s PDL team during the summer of 2011, reaching the Western Conference semi-finals.
New Zealand national team: Played for New Zealand at the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea ... Given the opportunity to compete for a spot in the Olympics as part of the U-23 New Zealand team ... Played for New Zealand in the U-20 World Cup.
Personal:Son of Keith Hobbs and Shirley Bareman ... Has one sister, Nicola ... Majoring in sport management.