There's a lot at stake today for Mexico in the first leg of its World Cup qualifying series with New Zealand. A spot in the World Cup, sure, but also pride, the jobs of the coaching staff, and potentially up to $600 million in revenue from TV rights, ticket sales and the like. Mexico needed a U.S. win over Panama in stoppage time to get this far, but despite their struggles, El Tri will likely be well-motivated against a vulnerable New Zealand side. A World Cup without Mexico might be easier for the U.S., but there'd be a deficit in excitement if the two sides had no chance of meeting in Brazil.
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Winners at home?
Mexico is on its fourth coach in six weeks, a situation that doesn't lend itself well to stability or tactical coherence.