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Herrera replaces Vucetich as Mexico coach

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October 18, 2013 03:44 PM EST | AP

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MEXICO CITY — MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's national soccer team has its fourth coach in six weeks.

Miguel Herrera was hired as coach of El Tri on Friday in place of Victor Manuel Vucetich and will guide the team in next month's two-game playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth.

Jose Manuel De la Torre was fired after a 2-1 home loss to Honduras on Sept. 6, and Luis Fernando Tena was let go following a 2-0 loss at the United States on Sept. 10. Vucetich coached El Tri in a 2-1 home over Panama last week and a 2-1 loss to Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Mexico, which last missed the World Cup in 1990, advanced to the playoff when the United States scored twice in stoppage time to win 3-2 at Panama.