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.
When she was cut from the London 2012 U.S soccer team, two-time World Cup veteran Stephanie Cox used the time to start a family. Now she's back and hoping to make the roster for a run for the Cup in Canada.
Erika Tymrak and Leigh Ann Robinson represent the first payoff for U.S. Soccer from its investment in NWSL. The rookie and the journeyman punched their tickets to the national team with a successful season with FC Kansas City.