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.