For the second time in four days, the No. 1-ranked U.S. women's national soccer team will host New Zealand in a friendly showdown on Wednesday in Columbus.
The Americans scored three goals in the first half of Sunday's match in San Francisco en route to burying the Kiwis 4-1. The victory was Team USA's 10th in a row over New Zealand and has the Football Ferns in desperate need of a positive result in Game 2 in order to keep this duel competitive.
The U.S. is now unbeaten in its last 75 matches on American soil, 66 of which were victories.
Will New Zealand end Team USA's streak or will the U.S. keep on rolling?
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know for the second go-round between Team USA and New Zealand on Wednesday night in Columbus.
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
Live Stream: USSoccer.com
Top Storyline: Does New Zealand Stand a Chance?
Let's face it: The Kiwis looked completely over-matched in Game 1 in San Francisco this past weekend, suffering a 4-1 blowout loss to Team USA. Therefore, it's fair to say that Wednesday's top storyline will center on whether Game 2 can produce a compelling match.
The fact that the U.S. led 3-0 at halftime and four different Americans scored in Game 1 doesn't bode well for New Zealand or fans hoping for a competitive match.
While the Football Ferns are a scrappy bunch capable of disrupting the U.S. and frustrating them at times, they will have to make major strides in every key area in order to avoid being out-classed once again.
Remember, this is a New Zealand squad running out of potential answers having dropped 10 straight to Team USA.
It's no secret by now that USA-New Zealand has been a one-sided affair over the years, with the Americans winning every meeting since the two nations' first-ever matchup.
And if you don't put tons of stock into trends, the U.S.'s 66-0-9 record on home soil dating back to 2004 will certainly have you riding the American bandwagon this week.
While you can anticipate a motivated and somewhat embarrassed New Zealand squad to play a determined match on Wednesday, don't expect the Football Ferns to come away with an upset win.
United States 3, New Zealand 1
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