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Friday, July 10, 2015

New Zealand Men's National Soccer Team News

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July 10, 2015 - Monty Patterson & Bill Tuiloma score in win over Vanuata
"New Zealand booked a spot in the Oceania men’s football Olympic qualifying final with a 2-0 win against Vanuatu on Friday at a grey and damp Bisini Grounds in Port Moresby....
New Zealand captain Louis Fenton’s long range shot drew a superb fingertip save from Iaruel, but from the resulting corner a goalmouth scramble saw Monty Patterson (NZL) tap in from close range to make it 1-0 just three minutes after the break. More suspect marking allowed Bill Tuiloma to double the lead in the 56th minute, his powerful glancing header from a corner going in off the underside of the crossbar with goalkeeper Iaruel badly out of position." - EMTV


July 7, 2015 - Logan Rogerson scores hat-trick in win over New Caledonia
"Logan Rogerson grabbed a hat-trick as the New Zealand under-23 soccer team beat New Caledonia 5-0 in the Olympic qualifying event in Papua New Guinea. The result meant New Zealand, who were already assured of a place in the semi-finals before their last pool match, completed the round-robin phase with a 100 per cent record. They went ahead against New Caledonia in Port Moresby in the 13th minute, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi heading in a Sam Burfoot corner. They then conceded a penalty, but keeper Max Crocombe saved Johan Idrele's effort from the spot. Rogerson's first goal in the 25th minute helped New Zealand to a 2-0 half-time lead and Luka Prelevic extended the margin early in the second half. Rogerson found the net again in the 61st and 73rd minutes to complete his hat-trick." - NZ City

March 22, 2015 - injury updates
New Zealand Football confirmed on Monday All Whites captain Winston Reid is still under an injury cloud ahead of next week’s clash with Korea Republic in Seoul. Reid did not feature for West Ham United in Sunday’s (NZ time) clash with Sunderland and is still recovering from a hamstring injury which has kept the 18-cap All White out of action in recent weeks. All Whites coach Anthony Hudson says he is in constant contact with the 26-year-old centre back and his club and Reid would be given every possible chance to be involved in next week’s match.... Meanwhile, midfielder Ryan Thomas has been ruled out of the tour through injury. Thomas started for Dutch Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle in Monday morning’s (NZ time) match against Excelsior but was forced off after 30 minutes with a leg injury. Men’s U-20 and Wanderers SC midfielder Moses Dyer will replace Thomas in the squad for next Wednesday’s match against the 56th-ranked Asian nation." - New Zealand Football

March 6, 2015 - roster updates
Coach Anthony Hudson named an All Whites side infused with fresh talent as the squad to face Korea Republic in Seoul on March 31 was announced.... A total of eight new faces have been named with four of the new players based offshore. Defender Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (29) joins the squad from the Greek Super League club PAS Giannina while midfielder Benjamin van den Broek (27) – playing in Romanian Liga 1 with Universitatea Cluj – is also named. New Zealand age-group representative goalkeepers Max Crocombe (Oxford United – League 2, UK) and Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg Unterhaching – German Division 3) have also been included." - OFC

November 14, 2014 - Chris Wood scores late equalizer in draw with China
"An 87th minute equaliser from first-time captain Chris Wood has earned the All Whites a 1-1 draw with world No 88-ranked China in Nanchang. It was looking like New Zealand, playing under new coach Anthony Hudson for just the second time, would rue several missed chances in front of goal as the match ticked into the final minutes. However, debutant Deklan Wynne delivered a perfect cross into Wood, who glanced a header past China's goalkeeper Zeng Cheng into the corner of the net, for his 13th goal in a white shirt. A wonder-strike from China's captain Zheng Zhi opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, giving All Whites goalkeeper Jake Gleeson no chance with a dipping left-foot volley from 30m that hit the top corner." - Stuff

September 30, 2014 - Ben Sigmund retires
"Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund has announced his retirement from international football after 32 appearances for the All Whites. He said the realisation he wouldn't make another World Cup campaign and a desire to spend more time with his young family drove the move. The 33-year-old was in the All Whites squad for their recent camp in Doha but didn't get on the pitch for their loss to Uzbekistan, the first game under new coach Anthony Hudson. He will continue playing for the Phoenix and believes his decision to step away from the international game can help extend his career at club level.... Sigmund made his debut against Oman in 2000 and scored two goals for New Zealand." - Stuff

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