Mexico to meet New Zealand in October friendly

Action from the last meeting between visiting Mexico and host New Zealand (white jersey) on November 20, 2013, in Wellington. (Photo: Mexsport) 

MEXICO CITY – Five-time Oceania champion New Zealand will face Mexico in an international friendly on October 8 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, it was announced Monday.

The game will be a warm-up for the current CONCACAF Gold Cup titleholder before the final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup starts in November.

Mexico enjoys an all-time record of 4W-0D-1L against New Zealand.  The sides last met on November 20, 2013, in Wellington, New Zealand, with the Tricolor winning 4-2 in the second leg of an intercontinental playoff for the a berth to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

The first-place Mexicans have already secured a spot in the Hexagonal with two fourth-round games to spare. They will take on Group A rivals El Salvador (September 2, away) and Honduras (September 6, home) for a second time.