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U.S. WNT to host New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis

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CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – New Zealand has been confirmed as the opponent for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s game on May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The addition of New Zealand to the USA’s 2019 schedule means that eight of the 10 Countdown to the Cup opponents will be at the World Cup next summer and that the USA will play teams from all six FIFA Confederations: Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Oceania and Concacaf before heading to France.

On Dec. 6, U.S. Soccer announced 10 venues and nine opponents for Countdown to the Cup, with the Football Ferns now filling out that slate. The New Zealand match will be the second of three games during the USA’s Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods, and will kick off at 7 p.m. CT.

New Zealand, which is coached by former Australia and USA head coach Tom Sermanni, recently won the Oceania Women’s Cup in dominating fashion, outscoring its opponents 43-0 over five games to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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The USA most recently played New Zealand in a pair of friendlies in 2017, winning both games by 3-1 and 5-0 scores. Before the games in the U.S., the WNT beat the Football Ferns, 2-0, in group play at the 2016 Olympics.

New Zealand was also the USA’s opponent at Busch Stadium during its preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning 4-0 on a special afternoon in front of more than 35,000 fans as St. Louis native Lori Chalupny scored one of the goals.

The match will mark the 14th time the U.S. WNT has played at a baseball park, but it will be just its fourth game at a Major League Baseball venue. The games at MLB facilities were at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000, twice at SAFECO Field in Seattle during 2003 Women’s World Cup qualifying and the match at Busch Stadium in 2015.

2019 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP

Date Opponent Kickoff

Venue; City

Jan. 19 France 2:30 p.m. ET Stade Océane; Le Havre, France
Jan. 22 Spain 2:30 p.m. ET Estadio José Rico Perez; Alicante, Spain
Feb. 27 Japan – SheBelieves Cup 7 p.m. ET Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
March 2 England – SheBelieves Cup 3:30 p.m. CT Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
March 5 Brazil – SheBelieves Cup 8 p.m. ET Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
April 4 Australia 7 p.m. MT Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
April 7 Belgium 6 p.m. PT Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.
May 12 South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods 1:30 p.m. PT Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
May 16 New Zealand – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods 7 p.m. CT Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
May 26 Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods 12 p.m. ET Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

June 11 Thailand – 2019 WWC 3 p.m. ET Auguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, France
June 16 Chile – 2019 WWC 12 p.m. ET Parc des Princes; Paris, France
June 20 Sweden – 2010 WWC 3 p.m. ET Stade Océane; Le Havre, France

COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP TICKETS
Tickets for USA vs. New Zealand and all eight domestic matches of Countdown to the Cup, go on sale to the public Thursday, Dec. 13 through ussoccer.com at 10 a.m. local time for that venue. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.