One day after learning of the loss a friend and former teammate in the terrorist attack that has so far claimed 50 lives at the Al Noor Mosque in Collier's native New Zealand, the 24-year-old scored the first goal in Memphis 901 FC history in a 1-1 draw with Loudoun United.
Wearing a black armband to honor the victims of the tragedy, Collier got the goal for the home side in the 78th minute by finishing off a slaloming run inside the Loudoun United 18.
“I knew that today I was going to score for them," he told media postgame.
Collier has been on loan with the USL Championship expansion side since March 7. He summarized Saturday night's goal in his own words on instagram following the match.
Last night was an emotional and historic moment. Scoring @memphis901fc first ever goal and getting the clubs first ever point. I dedicated that goal and performance to those in New Zealand suffering from the Christchurch shootings. When I scored I had one person in mind and that was @attaelayyan an old teammate and friend taken from this earth far too soon. To one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting I hope you rest easy. #kiakaha P.S thank you to everyone for all the support during this tough time for NZ
For more, Evan Barnes of Memphis daily newspaper The Commercial Appeal has a full recap of the emotional moment at commercialappeal.com.
Everyone at the Chicago Fire Soccer Club joins in sending its condolences to the victims' families and everyone affected by Thursday's tragedy.