1999 Confederations Cup Group Stage: USA 2-1 New Zealand

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US 2-1 New Zealand

The first match against New Zealand was available only to DishTV subscribers. I had to rely on highlights from ABC shown before the MLS match between the Metrostars and Miami Fusion to see Brian McBride and Jovan Kirovski’s goals. The match played at altitude in Estadio Jalisco confirmed some of the fitness woes the US had previously demonstrated on Mexican soil. The team literally stopped playing for the last 15 minutes and allowed the Kiwis a late goal which would factor into the equation later.

Here was the lineup the US fielded against New Zealand :

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The US faced Brazil in the next group game and we’ll recap that matchup later today.