The United States women’s soccer team will face New Zealand in a pair of exhibitions next month, a rematch of their meeting in last year’s Olympic quarterfinals. The Oct. 27 game at Candlestick Park will be the first time the U.S. women have played in San Francisco in their 28-year history. The teams will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a game on Oct. 30. The United States is 9-1 against New Zealand, including a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics. The Americans went on to win their third straight gold medal in London and are currently the top-ranked team in the world. “New Zealand is a much-improved side over the past few years,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni, who saw quite a bit of the Kiwis during his two stints as head coach of Australia. “Qualifying for World Cups and Olympics have helped them significantly, and now they are a very composed and competitive team that plays with a great deal of confidence.” The United States Soccer Federation also announced that it will play Australia in an exhibition game on Oct. 20 at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The top-ranked U.S., the defending Olympic champion, is 9-0 in previous indoor matches. The Americans beat the Matildas 2-1 and 6-2 last year in the final two matches under coach Pia Sundhage, who left to coach her native Sweden.
Every 36 mins a child is diagnosed with cancer in the US thats enough to fill an entire classroom each day. This adds up, in total, to almost 15,000 new cases of childhood cancer each year. Pediatric cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the US. On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM Eastern, Ill be joined live by Hyundai USA CEO John Krafcik who will be discussing Hyundais unusual commitment to this cause. Krafciks Bio from Hyundai : John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor Hyundai Motor America, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the companys operations in the United States. Krafcik joined Hyundai in 2004 as vice president of Product Development and Strategic Planning after tenures at Ford Motor Ford Motor Company and the GM/Toyota joint-venture, NUMMI. With his guidance, Hyundai has reshaped its American strategy and product lineup with strengths in design, innovation, and value. Since moving to his current role in late 2008 as president and chief executive officer, Krafcik and his team have increased Hyundais U.S. market share over 50% under challenging market conditions on the strength of growing accolades, breakthrough products and innovative marketing programs such as Hyundai Assurance. North American Car of the Year awards for Genesis in 2009 and Elantra in 2012 have further bolstered Hyundais reputation for providing quality, safety and value across its lineup. Prior to joining Hyundai, Krafcik began his career in the auto industry in 1984 as the first American engineer at the GM/Toyota joint-venture, NUMMI, with the quality and manufacturing engineering group. His experience inside the production process at NUMMI led to his move to the International Motor Vehicle Program at MIT, where he focused on identifying the key elements of manufacturing efficiency and coined the phrase lean manufacturing. It was here Krafcik became an expert on production operations and assembly plants. In 1988 he earned a Master of Science degree in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. He later consulted for various companies, industries and governments before joining Ford in 1990, where he worked in various product development leadership positions for American and European products until 2004.