September 20, 2013
USWNT will face New Zealand twice
CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will get a good dose of teams from down under this fall. After announcing a game against Australia last week, U.S. Soccer has added a pair of games against New Zealand in San Francisco and Columbus.
|The U.S. Women’s National Team will face New Zealand in a pair of October matches.
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The U.S. will face the Kiwis on Oct. 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco at 3:30 p.m. PT and Oct. 30 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. ET. There is no TV slated for the games, but fans can follow both games on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
The matches will bring the USA and New Zealand together for the first time since the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics, when the U.S. earned a 2-0 victory on Aug. 3 in Newcastle, England, on goals from Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux.
The match at Candlestick Park will mark the first game for the U.S. Women in San Francisco during the team's 28-year history and the first game in the Bay Area since 2007 when the USA defeated Japan 4-1 on July 28 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The only match the U.S. Women have played in the Bay Area outside of San Jose came on July 4, 1999, a 2-0 semifinal victory against Brazil in the FIFA Women's World Cup at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.
The USA last played at Columbus Crew Stadium in 2011, also against Japan, for a 2-0 victory in May of that year. The U.S. Women are 4-1-0 all-time at the venue, which has been a fortress for the U.S. Men's National Team during World Cup qualifying. One of the wins for the U.S. Women at Crew Stadium was a 3-0 victory against North Korea during group play at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
"New Zealand is a much-improved side over the past few years," said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni, who saw quite a bit of the Kiwis during his two stints as head coach of Australia. "Qualifying for World Cups and Olympics have helped them significantly, and now they are a very composed and competitive team that plays with a great deal of confidence."