U.S. clinches 2014 World Cup berth!
09/10/2013 Columbus, Ohio
With a 2-0 victory over Mexico at the Columbus Crew Stadium and a Panamanian draw in Honduras, the United States officially secured their berth to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday.
Eddie Johnson headed in the opening goal in spectacular fashion, rising in front of a flailing Jesús Corona for the powerful finish just five minutes into the second half.
Landon Donovan followed with his 57th career goal, a tap-in after some excellent work down the right side of the box from Mix Diskerud and a subtle redirection from Clint Dempsey at the near post.
With the qualification in hand, the US. will resume the final two rounds of their hexagonal campaign on October 11th with a match against Jamaica in Kansas City.
United States: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (15-Michael Parkhurst, 46), 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 84), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 10-Landon Donovan; 18-Eddie Johnson (14-Mix Diskerud, 76)
Mexico: 1-Jesús Corona (capt.); 21-Hiram Mier, 4-Diego Reyes, 15-Héctor Moreno, 3-Carlos Salcido (8-Ángel Reyna, 77); 7-Christian Giménez (16-Héctor Herrera, 55), 5-Fernando Arce (19-Oribe Peralta, 69), 17-Jesús Zavala, 18-Andrés Guardado; 14-Javier Hernández, 10-Giovani Dos Santos
Goals: Johnson 49′, Donovan 78′