San Jose Earthquake Simon Elliotand 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).