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US minor leaguer on New Zealand World Cup roster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Jeremy Christie, a midfielder on the minor league Tampa Bay team in the U.S. Soccer Federation division two league, was among 23 players picked for New Zealand's World Cup roster.Christie joined FC Tampa Bay this season from Waitakere United in New Zealand. FC Tampa Bay plays at Steinbrenner Field, the New York Yankees ' spring training facility, and is coached by Paul Dalglish, son of former Liverpool star and manager Kenny Dalglish ."Jeremy has always been on the radar and I have kept in close contact with his coach at Tampa Bay," New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said Monday. "He has gone offshore to challenge himself and that has been good for him. ... We believe he will offer a great deal to the squad."Andrew Boyens, a defender on Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, also was selected along with Simon Elliott, a midfielder who was with San Jose last season. Boyens has appeared in just one Red Bulls match this season, in the U.S. Open Cup against P...

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