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.