NZ to play Honduras, El Salvador in friendlies
New Zealand will play friendlies against Honduras and El
Salvador in the United States next month to warm up for a World Cup
qualifying tournament in June.
Football New Zealand says the All Whites will play El Salvador
at Houston on May 23 and Honduras at Dallas on May 26. The matches
fall outside the FIFA window for international friendlies, but
chief executive Grant McKavanagh says clubs will be asked to
release leading players.
The matches will help prepare New Zealand for the eight-team
Oceania Nations Cup in the Solomon Islands from June 1-12, the
second stage of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The four top
teams will progress to the next stage of home and away matches.