[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN]
Mexico won its first game under Miguel Herrera
-- its fourth coach in five games -- with a 4-2 win
over Finland in a friendly played in San Diego to prepare El Tri for its two-game series against New Zealand in the intercontinental playoffs for the 2014 World Cup.
Herrera was brought
in on loan from Club America and started seven America players against Finland -- Moises Munoz
, Juan Carlos Valenzuela
, Paul Aguilar
, Miguel Layun
, Juan Carlos Medina
and Raul Jimenez
-- but two Leon players put El Tri ahead.
Former New York Red Bull Rafael Marquez
put Mexico ahead with a header in the 10th minute, and Leon teammate Carlos Pena
made it 2-0 in the 24th minute.
Playing without its foreign-based players, Finland pulled to within 2-1 and 3-2 before an own goal made the final score 4-2.
The game drew an announced crowd of 24,732.