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Oct 9, 2013

New Zealand struggles for tuneups

New Zealand, which will play for a World Cup berth versus the team that finishes fourth in the 2014 CONCACAF Hexagonal regional qualifiers in progress, saw its tuneup match plans thwarted this week after matches in a six-team Los Angeles tournament were canceled due to visa problems with one of the teams, according to a report.

The All Whites, who are currently in Los Angeles, were originally scheduled to play MLS team Chivas and Mexican League team Queretaro in the six-team tournament before it was scrapped due to the visa issues, the New Zealand Herald reported.

New Zealand also explored the option of playing Queretaro in Mexico but has instead opted to remain in Los Angeles to take on Chivas on Oct. 13 and a potential Premier League development club site (Ventura County Fusion) on Oct. 10.

New Zealand will play Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain on Oct. 16 as part of their preparation for the World Cup qualifying playoff match. Mexico is hoping to qualify for the World Cup outright and avoid having to meet New Zealand in the playoff.

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