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World Cup Bound – Christie will play for New Zealand

Christie will be playing for the Kiwis next month.

TAMPA, Fla. (May 10, 2010) – FC Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Jeremy Christie was named today to New Zealand’s 2010 FIFA World Cup team who will compete in South Africa in June. New Zealand will compete in Group F taking on Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia. New Zealand’s first game will be on June 15, 2010 against Slovakia.

“The ultimate goal for any footballer is to play in the World Cup,” said Christie. “I’m a very proud New Zealander and I can’t wait to represent my country on football’s biggest stage.”

Christie, who has played more than 20 games for his country, joins a 23-player roster coached by Ricki Herbert playing against Australia next week in preparations for the World Cup. The New Zealand team will then travel to Austria to take on Serbia and Slovenia before traveling to South Africa.

“We are thrilled that Jeremy has been named to New Zealand’s team,” said President and Owner Andrew Nestor.  “He’s a top notch player and an excellent person who deserves this honor. We are proud to have a player of his caliber on our team. It’s a big loss to our lineup for a few weeks but it’s a credit to the Rowdies and to Jeremy.”

Christie played a critical role in New Zealand qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing in five qualifiers and scoring a goal. Christie also played for New Zealand in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

4 Responses

  1. Congratulations to Jeremy and the NASL to have a player in the World Cup.

  2. Wow! That is HUGE for our league. Lets make sure Jeff Cooper is aware of this! Sorry I am so late reading his I had not checked my Gmail for a couple of weeks!

  3. Nik, please forward this article to Chris Hartman and Ken Godat and tell them to make sure Jeff Cooper is aware of this excellent piece of good publicity ( for a change!) about our league. Maybe we should even bring this to the attention of the St Louis press and ask them to repint it?

  4. Better yet, lets find a creative way to add something to thisarticle that specifically mentions AC St Louis e.g.”Jeremy Christie who played last week against AC St Louis” or if we did not play them yet ” Tampa bay Rowdies who will be playing against AC St Louis at AB Park in Fenton on ________(date)”

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