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.
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.