U.S. Soccer Releases Statement Following ‘Serious Incident’ In Auckland

Earlier this afternoon, a distressing incident unfolded in Auckland, New Zealand, which is one of the host cities for the Women’s World Cup. According to multiple reports, a gunman entered a construction site in the city, leading to a heightened response from the New Zealand Police.

In the wake of this troubling development, the New Zealand Police issued a statement, acknowledging the seriousness of the situation. They reported that a number of armed officers were swiftly responding to the incident on Quay St, Auckland CBD. As a precautionary measure, they urged the public to remain indoors and avoid the affected area.

With the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) set to play against Vietnam in Auckland later this weekend, concerns arose about the safety of the players and staff. In response to these fears, the USWNT reassured everyone that all of their players and staff members were accounted for and safe. They further emphasized that their security team was in constant communication with local authorities to ensure the utmost precautionary measures were being taken.

Despite the unsettling situation, the USWNT affirmed their determination to proceed with their daily schedule and prepare for their upcoming match against Vietnam. The highly anticipated game is scheduled for Friday, July 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and the USWNT is committed to competing on the field, while prioritizing the safety and well-being of all involved.

As news of the incident continues to unfold, the authorities in Auckland are diligently investigating the matter to ensure public safety and apprehend the perpetrator responsible for this alarming act. The Women’s World Cup, already a significant event, now finds itself intertwined with this unfortunate incident, and fans and players alike are hoping for a swift resolution and a return to a safe and secure environment for all involved.

James Julian

James is a former journalist and a current author, independent writer, entrepreneur, and investor.

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