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Chivas rival to lead Mexico against New Zealand in World Cup Qualifying

The Mexican Football Federation has given the reins to a "louse" to face the New Zealand All-Whites in a home-and-away playoff.

"This seat doesn't burn, we're here thinking of getting the (World Cup) ticket and we'll succeed. I'd never say no to my national team... so now I'm the happiest man on the planet to have been chosen to be here."
--Miguel Herrera

The Mexican coaching roulette wheel has spun again now putting the onus on Club America's Miguel Herrera to preserve the Mexico's prestige as a soccer nation.

SI reports Herrera is leaving as coach of Mexican club America, however Tom Marshall writes on ESPN that Herrera is "on loan" from Club America. Herrera was on the sidelines last night when Alajuelense bested Club America 1-0 to win the CONCACAF Champions Group 4.

Despite the exit from CONCACAF, Herrera has steered Club America to smooth waters. Club America are six points clear at the top of the Apertura and have already qualified for the eight-team knockout phase for the league title.

Presumably any extension is contingent on Mexico defeating New Zealand to advance to the World Cup. The teams will meet for a 3pm PST at the Azteca on November 13th. A week later, the teams head to Wellington for the second of the two game set on Wednesday, November 20th 7pm (that's 10pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013 PST).

Keeping in the tradition of Mexican soccer personalities having brilliant nicknames, Herrera does not disappoint. He is "commonly referred to as Piojo." Translated from Spanish, Piojo means "louse". What's not determinable is whether he's "a bad or cruel person" or a "a small, wingless, parasitic insect that lives on the skin of mammals and birds" (Source: Merriam-Webster).