Yes, because the game was a friendly, one could argue that it didn't really matter. But New Zealand hasn't beaten or tied the U.S. in 26 years. So in that respect, the 1-1 draw Wednesday night might just matter.
At first glance, dividing 23 American soccer players, in addition to 32 Canadian and Mexican players, into eight equal groups in the allocation process for the eight founding teams in the National Women's Soccer League might seem easy. Not really.