The two-legged playoff between Mexico and New Zealand will take place in November. El Tri are going through a football crisis that newly appointed coach Miguel Herrera needs to address quickly.
It will not be easy. This year, Mexico had three coaches before Herrera come to the scene: Jose Manuel de la Torre, Fernando Tena and Victor Manuel Vucetich. All of them failed in their attempt to qualify the team directly.
Herrera capped 10 players from Mexican club America to face Finland in a friendly game. He is confident that most of them will be on the final list and will help Mexico get to Brazil 2014.
Here are five things Herrera has to assess if he wants to succeed in this quest.