[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING]
With three current or former MLS players in the starting lineup, New Zealand moved closer to a berth in the World Cup finals Saturday
when the Oceania champion held Asian playoff winner Bahrain to a 0-0 tie in front of a soldout 35,000-seat National Stadium in Manama.
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).