Football Ferns coach Tony Readings has set his team two major targets when they play the United States in St Louis, Missouri, early on Sunday (NZT).
With the women’s soccer World Cup in Canada just two months away, Readings says the time to make major changes to his team or the way they play is long gone.
Readings says he wants the Ferns to focus on two important areas of their game against the world No.2 US team: being clinical when the opportunity presents, and playing to win.
“We know against the USA there will be spells when we are under pressure and we’ve got to be able to play a certain way to deal with that,” he said.
“There will be spells where we are on top and controlling possession because that is a strength of ours.
“When we do have those opportunities we’ve got to be able to put our foot down on the accelerator.”
Readings said the US game was the seventh this year against a team ranked higher than the world No.17 New Zealanders.
“We know we’re not going to get as many as we would against teams ranked lower than us. so it’s the ability to take those chances we create which are going to be key.”
Organisers are expecting a crowd of other 30,000 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, the home of the St Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball franchise.
“It’s going to be a bit of cauldron, but that’s great. These are special moments you want to make the most of.”