San Jose Earthquake Simon Elliot and former MLS players Ryan Nelsen and Tony Lochhead started for the Kiwis.
The second leg is on Nov. 14 in Wellington.
Oct. 10 in Manama
Bahrain 0 New Zealand 0.
Bahrain -- Jaffar, Isa (Abdulrahman, 78), Adnan, Baba, Aaish, Hubail, Jalal, Salmeen, Omar, Ali (Abdullatif, 65), John (Hubail, 86).
New Zealand -- Paston, Lochhead, Nelsen, Sigmund, Vicelich, Bertos, Brown (McGlinchey, 68), Elliot, Killen, Smeltz, Fallon (Wood, 66).