USWNT to face New Zealand in pair of January street friendlies

The U.S. girls’s nationwide group will hit the street for its annual January camp, with 2023 FIFA Girls’s World Cup co-hosts New Zealand opposing the People in a pair of friendlies.

Vlatko Andonovski’s squad will face off with the Oceanic nation on their dwelling soil for the first-time. Will probably be the beginning of a busy 2023 schedule for the People forward of the FIFA Girls’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.

“The whole lot about this journey is a constructive for our group forward of the World Cup,” mentioned Andonovski. “We are going to get some high quality coaching time collectively and have two powerful matches in opposition to an excellent opponent that’s internet hosting the World Cup. We additionally get to expertise the lengthy journey and familiarize ourselves with the host cities, the stadiums, the coaching grounds and the tradition, and hopefully we’ll play in entrance of some huge crowds supporting the house group. Will probably be an effective way to start out the 12 months.”

The USWNT will practice in New Zealand for six days earlier than going through the Ferns on January 18 in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara. The 2 groups will meet once more on January 21 at Eden Park in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

The People lately realized their World Cup destiny in October after being paired with the Netherlands, Vietnam, and a Group A Playoff Winner for subsequent 12 months’s event. Will probably be the USWNT’s first head-to-head assembly with New Zealand since a 5-0 SheBelieves Cup victory for the People at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.

The USWNT will first shut out its 2022 schedule with a pair of dwelling friendlies in opposition to No. 3 ranked Germany in Florida and New Jersey respectively.

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