US team check out training venues in Wellington ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup

The United States women’s national team management are checking potential training venues in Wellington as they look for a suitable team base for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Wellington Phoenix’s $100 million training ground in Upper Hutt appeals.

Team manager Ryan Dell told 1News that travel time between facilities and stadiums had been an issue at previous tournaments for the four-time world champions.

“We don’t have to go venue hopping which is something we had to do in France and Canada.

“I think that’ll be a big benefit to have one location for our team which we haven’t been able to do in previous world cups.”

Dell said the team had 25,000 travelling supporters in France and many thousands are expected to come to New Zealand where the side will play two games in Auckland and one in Wellington.

“New Zealand is an incredible destination for Americans to come see; it’s an easy flight from Los Angeles compared to a lot of other destinations in Europe; I think they’ll be here loud and proud.”

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