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ACQUIRED: Signed on August 9, 2012
Ian Hogg competed for New Zealand in the London 2012 Olympics and has four caps with the senior New Zealand National Team. Hogg has played six seasons in New Zealand’s first division, the ASB Premiership, most recently with Auckland City FC.
“Ian is a young, talented left back with good athleticism and a desire to succeed,” Wilkinson said. “We have signed him through the remainder of the season and look forward to closely evaluating him as we move to next season.”
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Hogg played in all three group-stage matches for the “Oly Whites” at the London 2012 Olympics. He made his senior international debut May 23, scoring a goal in a friendly against El Salvador, and also played in two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers during the OFC Nations Cup in June. Hogg has been a part of the New Zealand National Team system at the U-20 and U-23 levels and also competed in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Hogg began his career at the age of 16 with Hawke’s Bay United during the 2006-07 season. He played the past three seasons (2009-12) for Auckland City FC, helping the club to three consecutive playoff appearances, two FIFA Club World Cup appearances (2009, 2011) and back-to-back O-League titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Hogg was selected as Auckland City’s Young Player of the Year following the 2009-10 campaign, in which he played in 31 matches and scored two goals across all competitions.