The U.S. women’s national team will get an opportunity to see a familiar face when it takes on New Zealand in St. Louis May 16 — former national coach Tom Sermanni.

Sermanni coached the team from 2013-14 before he was forced out of the job.

New Zealand recently won the Oceania Women’s Cup in dominating fashion, outscoring its opponents 43-0 over five games to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The team was confirmed as the final opponent in the Americans’ 10-game Countdown to the Cup series.

The addition of New Zealand meant the USA will play teams from all six FIFA Confederations: Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Oceania and Concacaf before heading to France.

On Dec. 6, U.S. Soccer announced 10 venues and nine opponents for Countdown to the Cup, with the Football Ferns filling out that slate. The New Zealand match will be the second of three games during the series and will kick off at 8 p.m. ET.

The USA most recently played New Zealand in twp friendlies in 2017, winning both games by 3-1 and 5-0. Before the games in the U.S., the USWNT beat the Football Ferns, 2-0, in group play at the 2016 Olympics.

New Zealand was also the USA’s opponent at Busch Stadium during its preparation for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, winning 4-0.

The match will mark the 14th time the USWNT has played at a baseball park, but it will be just its fourth game at a Major League Baseball venue. The games at MLB facilities were at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000, twice at SAFECO Field in Seattle during 2003 Women’s World Cup qualifying and the match at Busch Stadium in 2015.





Date Opponent Kickoff

Venue; City

Jan. 19 France 2:30 p.m. ET Stade Océane; Le Havre, France
Jan. 22 Spain 2:30 p.m. ET Estadio José Rico Perez; Alicante, Spain
Feb. 27 Japan – SheBelieves Cup 7 p.m. ET Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
March 2 England – SheBelieves Cup 3:30 p.m. CT Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
March 5 Brazil – SheBelieves Cup 8 p.m. ET Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
April 4 Australia 7 p.m. MT Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
April 7 Belgium 6 p.m. PT Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.
May 12 South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods 1:30 p.m. PT Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
May 16 New Zealand – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods 7 p.m. CT Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
May 26 Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods 12 p.m. ET Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.


June 11 Thailand – 2019 WWC 3 p.m. ET Auguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, France
June 16 Chile – 2019 WWC 12 p.m. ET Parc des Princes; Paris, France
June 20 Sweden – 2010 WWC 3 p.m. ET Stade Océane; Le Havre, France


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at