VANCOUVER, BC – New Zealand football announced on Thursday that Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) left back Deklan Wynne has been called up for his country's upcoming Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) World Cup qualifying matches against New Caledonia.
Wynne was most recently called up last month for the Kiwis two-match tour in America against Mexico and the United States. The 21-year-old earned his fourth cap for his country, starting the first match against Mexico and assisting on New Zealand's goal in a closely contested 2-1 loss in Nashville.
In his second season with WFC2 this past year, Wynne started five of his 10 USL regular season appearances. After returning from international duty, the left back also started the Western Conference Final for the 'Caps against Swope Park Rangers.
The All Whites continue their run in Group A alongside New Caledonia and Fiji. For this coming slate of matches, New Zealand are at home against New Caledonia on November 12 at QBE Stadium in Albany, New Zealand, before facing the same opponents away on November 15 at Stade Yoshida, Koné, in New Caledonia.
New Zealand will need to finish atop their group to advance to the two-leg OFC final round, with the winner then facing the fifth-placed team from South America's CONMEBOL qualifying for a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
WFC2 season ticket memberships for the 2017 USL season are on sale now. For more information, visit whitecapsfc2.com.