All Whites to play United States as preparation for FIFA World Cup campaign

New Zealand will play the highly-ranked United States team in a friendly international in Cincinnati in September.

The match will be played three days after the All Whites meet Mexico at California’s Rose Bowl Stadium, completing the team’s fixtures for the September international window.

The two games will be the final preparation for the All Whites before they begin their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in October and November.

Darren Bazeley.

The United States are #11 in the current FIFA men’s world rankings, while Mexico are rated #15.

New Zealand are #107 in the latest rankings.

The United States and Mexico will co-host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

All Whites head coach Darren Bazeley said:  “Our strategy is centred around making sure we are in the best place to qualify for, and then compete at, the FIFA World Cup 2026, so locking in games against two of the co-hosts, in one of the countries the tournament is going to be based, is really good preparation for us, especially ahead of starting our qualifying campaign in October.

“With the OFC Men’s Nations Cup, the Olympics for a number of our players, these two games in the USA, and then FIFA World Cup qualifying, we have a big second half of the year, but I know our players are ready for it and excited about the journey we are on together as a team.”

The All Whites’ next game is on Thursday June 27, when they face Tahiti in the semi-final of the OFC Men’s Nations Cup in Vanuatu.

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September fixtures

Game to be played Sunday September 8, 2024 (NZT)

Mexico v New Zealand
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California, 1pm (NZT)

Game to be played Wednesday September 11, 2024 (NZT)

United States v New Zealand
TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11am (NZT)

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