2014 World Cup Playoff: Mexico vs. New Zealand - Lineups and Open Thread

Bob Levey

Mexico's fourth place finish in CONCACAF means a home-and-home playoff against Oceanic champion New Zealand. Can El Tri finally play up to their full potential and seal their place in Brazil?

It's the first leg of the CONCACAF-OFC 2014 World Cup playoff between Mexico and New Zealand and now is the time for Mexico to turn around their dismal 2013 campaign.

On their fourth coach in just two months, El Tri turns to Club America coach Miquel Herrera to right the ship. Mexico has been nothing short of a disaster in 2013, with dismal performances throughout their World Cup qualifying campaign, in particular at their vaunted home in Estadio Azteca. Mexico qualified for this game by virtue of the United States 3-2 win at Panama on the final day of CONCACAF qualifying.

LINEUPS

Mexico (3-5-2): Moises Munoz; Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Rafa Marquez, Maza Rodriguez; Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Medina, Luis Montes, Carlos Pena, Miguel Layun; Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez.

New Zealand (3-4-3): Glenn Moss; Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante, Ivan Vicelich; Leo Bertos, Jeremy Christie, Michael McGlinchey, Tony Lochhead; Jeremy Brockie, Chris Wood, Kosta Barbarouses.

Mexico has gone with an entirely domestic based roster, leaving home several prominent European based players like Javier Hernandez. Mexico will also start 7 players from Herrera's Club America, who also plays at Azteca. New Zealand will be without their most prominent player as well, as West Ham defender Winston Reid is out due to injury.

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