Marco Rojas features in NZ draw with USA


Melbourne Victory winger Marco Rojas is on his way back to Australia after featuring in New Zealand’s 1-1 draw with the United States in an international friendly on Wednesday (AEDT).

Rojas, who scored in the All Whites’ 2-1 loss to Mexico on Sunday (AEDT), played 45 minutes against the USA before being substituted at half-time.

The USA took the lead in the 27th minute through Julian Green, who opened the scoring with an impressive strike from outside the area.

New Zealand hit back with Monty Patterson’s maiden international goal in 72nd minute but was unable to find a winner at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

“Up until the goal in the first half, I thought we were the better team,” All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said.

“In the second half, I think we were the team that really went to try and win the game.

“In two games on this tour, we’ve played against two very good teams and learned a lot about our squad.

“We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re certainly moving in the right direction.”

Rojas will arrive in Melbourne on Friday and is available for the Melbourne Derby at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

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