The U.S. WNT will be busy in October with two matches set against New Zealand Oct. 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA and Oct. 30 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.
This will be the first time the two teams meet since the 2012 Olympics where the U.S. defeated the Kiwis 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Currently, the U.S is ranked No. 1 in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and New Zealand is ranked 19th. They are set to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it hosts the Oceania qualifying competition Sept. 10-20, 2014.
“New Zealand is a much-improved side over the past few years,” U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni told USSoccer. “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.”