Found September 12, 2013 on Football and Futbol:

Inside Manchester United Twitter Page (@insidemanuntd) New Zealand soccer national team, better known as “the Kiwis” or “the All Whites”, started to value their option of qualification to next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Before booking their tickets to Brazil, the All Whites have to win a play-off series against the 4th place team in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. As of now, Mexico and Panama are both tied in 4th place. New Zealand can’t determine who they will play, but they already know who they don’t want to face: Mexico. New Zealand knows the way Mexico is performing and their current position in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, that they have a big chance to compete against “El Tri” in November – unless a catastrophe happens, and Mexico finishes the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers in 5th place. New Zealand is aware of Mexico credentials – “El Tri” hasn’t missed a World Cup since Italy in 1990; they are ranked on 20th place in FIFA rankings, and are a powerhouse in CONCACAF. If we take aside the bad moment “El Tri” is currently living while trying to qualify to the World Cup, Mexico is a team who deserves respect and recognition. “The All Whites,” who won the OFC World Cup Qualifiers back in March of 2013, knew they will have to face the 4th place in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers since 2011. So it’s not hard to understand why New Zealand media has been covering the Qualifiers in CONCACAF. After Tuesday’s game, “The All Whites” media went straight to talk with Ricki Herbert, New Zealand’s national team coach. Herbert is aware that the New Zealand national team will have the environment against them if they have to travel to Mexico, which is something they have to prepare for in the next two months. “I think Mexico will suffer from the pressure of their fans if they have play against us,” Herbert said. “Mexico has been always been present in the World Cups. Competing in a play-off series in order to qualify to the World Cup is something new for them. This can give us certain advantage; we will just have to wait and see,” Herbet concluded.

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