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New Zealand to benefit from World Cup expansion - Andy Martins

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New Zealand have a better chance of making the World Cup finals with the new format.

An expanded World Cup could have huge benefits for soccer in New Zealand, NZ Football chief executive Andy Martin claims.

The sport's governing body, FIFA, has announced its decision to increase the number of teams in the World Cup from 32 to 48 from 2026.

Details on how the 16 additional places will be allocated have yet to be finalised, but Martin says it appears Oceania will receive at least one.

"We don't know the detail, and that'll come out over the next three or four months," Martin said...

Julian Green and Sacha Kljestan give Jurgen Klinsmann food for thought

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As much as conceding a late goal and settling for a 1-1 draw with New Zealand in Tuesday's friendly in the nation's capital was a letdown for the U.S. national team ahead of the Hex, the last 10 days were worthwhile for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players.

This match and last week's 2-0 win in Cuba were played with an eye on Mexico and Costa Rica when the final round of World Cup qualifying begins next month, of course. So while Klinsmann lamented the result in his opening...

United States frustrated by New Zealand in 1-1 friendly draw

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WASHINGTON -- Julian Green scored his second goal in two matches, before Monty Patterson's equalizer forced the United States to settle for a 1-1 draw in a friendly against New Zealand on Tuesday night.

Lynden Gooch made his U.S. debut as a second-half substitute in a match played exactly a month before the Americans face Mexico to open their final round of World Cup qualifying on Nov. 11.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough kept New Zealand scoreless over 45 minutes in his first international start and...

Julian Green takes his chance as U.S. stumbles in draw versus New Zealand

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States and New Zealand played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday night in a friendly match at RFK Stadium in the Americans' final tune-up before facing Mexico and Costa Rica to kick off the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Julian Green scored in the 27th minute to put the hosts ahead, but Monty Patterson leveled for the visitors late in the second half. Here are three quick thoughts on the match:

1. A disappointing result for the U.S.

Sure, Tuesday's...

U.S.' Bobby Wood shifts focus to Hamburg upon early return

Five of the seven Germany-based players from the United States' squad have returned to their clubs following the 2-0 win at Cuba ahead of Bundesliga matchday seven. 

The Bundesliga players -- Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Hertha defender John Brooks, Frankfurt full-back Timothy Chandler, Gladbach midfielder Fabian Johnson and Hamburg forward Bobby Wood -- were all released and are all back in Germany.

They will miss Tuesday's friendly against New Zealand in Washington, D.C. (8 p.m. ET,...