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New Zealand vs. Mexico: Date, Time, TV Info and Live Stream for Friendly

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2016

Mexico's Javier Aquino controls the ball during their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers football match against Honduras at the Azteca stadium, on September 6, 2016 in Mexico City.     / AFP / YURI CORTEZ        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mexico will warm up for November's crucial FIFA World Cup qualifying games against the United States and Panama with a friendly against New Zealand on Saturday.

The two sides will face off at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, as Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio looks to ease the pressure he's endured since El Tri's exit from the Copa America Centenario in the summer.

Here are the details for Saturday's clash:

     

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8

Time: 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET

Live Stream: fubo.tv (U.S.)

        

Preview

Mexico's Copa America campaign came to a humiliating end at the hands of eventual winners Chile, who thrashed them 7-0.

A 0-0 with draw with Honduras in September did little to regain supporters' confidence. While a friendly with New Zealand will hardly do that either, nothing less than a convincing win will do.

In selecting his squad, Osorio maintained his policy of rotation and left out a number of European-based stars, including Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera and Carlos Vela.

ESPN FC's Cesar Hernandez welcomed the rotation:

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People are going to criticize Mexico's roster, which is fine. Happy to see JCO trying out some different options before the Nov games.

Indeed, to overcome New Zealand, El Tri should still be able to cope, even without the in-form Hernandez.

In his stead, the goalscoring responsibilities could fall to Hirving Lozano or Giovani dos Santos.

The former has been in impressive form for Pachuca this season, netting 10 goals. ESPN FC's Tom Marshall noted the way he'd bounced back from an underwhelming stint at the 2016 Rio Olympics:

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

Hirving Lozano with a goal every 66 minutes on average for @Tuzos since his disappointing displays at the Olympics.

As for Dos Santos, he wasn't in the Copa America squad and hasn't played for his national side since last year.

He, too, has been in prolific form in front of goal, racking up 15 goals and seven assists in all competitions this year.

MLS' Diego Pinzon discussed his return to the national side:

Major League Soccer @MLS

For the first time in more than a year, Gio's back with the Mexico National Team. https://t.co/j4aKX1R261

In midfield, Mexico will miss Andres Guardado's creativity as the PSV Eindhoven star is sidelined with an injury.

The 30-year-old had been in strong form for the Dutch side this season, per OptaJohan:

OptaJohan @OptaJohan

299 - @AGuardado18 attempted more passes on the opposition half this Eredivisie season than any other player. Heart. https://t.co/g5fp8kPOO7

Nevertheless, ESPN FC's Nayib Moran is pleased with the players available to Osorio:

Nayib Morán @nayibmoran

That midfield — Jona, Guti and Orbelin. FIRE. LUMBRE. #ElTri

The trio will need to make up for Guardado's absence, which they should be able to do against New Zealand.

The All Whites have conceded just twice in their last 10 games, but they've not faced a team that comes close to Mexico's quality in that time.

Beating them—even convincingly—won't do a great deal to ease the pressure on Osorio, but it can help the team regain some vital confidence ahead of the more important fixtures in November.

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