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New Zealand captain Abby Erceg hits out at NZF in shock retirement

Abby Erceg
Abby Erceg won 129 caps for New Zealand and competed at three World Cups.

New Zealand women's captain Abby Erceg has launched a broadside at New Zealand Football while announcing her retirement from the international game.

Central defender Erceg says the Football Ferns aren't valued, nor adequately supported by the national body, prompting her retirement at the age of 27 as an act of protest.

United States-based Erceg made her New Zealand debut in 2006 and was named skipper in 2014. She has played 129 internationals and competed at three World Cups.

The side's annual...

New Zealand to benefit from World Cup expansion - Andy Martins

New Zealand
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...

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,...

What Jurgen Klinsmann can find out in USMNT vs. New Zealand friendly

Even during the best of times, it's extremely difficult to draw conclusions from friendlies. They're exhibition matches during the best of times, and this international break is nowhere near the best of times. With most of the world playing official World Cup qualifiers it's been particularly difficult for the U.S. to find quality sparring partners. After an extremely low-energy 2-0 win against Cuba, the question isn't so much what to expect against New Zealand on Tuesday (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET), it's is there anything at all useful to learn?

Here are three things to look out for that could potentially matter as the U.S. men's national team heads into games that matter, starting with a World Cup qualifying match against Mexico on November 11.

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