USMNT will host New Zealand in October friendly

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After originally being slated to take on traditional World Cup rival Ghana, the U.S. Men’s National Team was handed another opponent on Wednesday.

The USMNT will host New Zealand on October 11 from RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with kick off for the match slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

October’s meeting between the two sides will mark the third time the two nations have met in their respective histories. The U.S. is unbeaten in their last nine matches at RFK, giving the Americans a decisive advantage against the Kiwis.

The match will come a month after the U.S. completes the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. With two games remaining in Group C play, Jurgen Klinsmann and his side sit second behind Trinidad & Tobago. The top two teams from all three qualifying groups advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, known as the Hexagonal.