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US Surges Past Mexico Into World Cup


Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is Party Central for American’s men’s soccer after the US men’s team blanked Mexico 2-0, punching their ticket to the 2014 World Cup as Honduras and Panama played to a 2-all draw It’s the fourth time since 2001 that the Americans defeated their neighbors to the south at the heartland venue.

 

Mexico put the US on its heels early in the match. Goalkeeper Tim Howard and the American defense withstood a pair of early corner kicks, and dodged a bullet in the match’s 10th minute. Defender DeMarcus Beasley attempted to clear the ball to the front and left of the goal, sliced it, and were it not for the quick work of Howard, the US could very well have suffered an embarrassing own goal. Howard also cleared shots by Christian Giminez and Giovani Dos Santos.

In the game’s 49th minute, the decisive kick came. With defender Diego Reyes contesting him, Eddie Johnson took a Landon Donovan corner kick and headed it past Mexico’s Jesus Corona to put the Americans up 1-0.

The Americans went into lockdown after Johnson’s score, as Mexico failed to mount any second half threats to match their energy in the first half. Donovan sealed the win by banging home a low cross off a touch from Clint Dempsey in the game’s 78th minute. Though an eye infection affected his appearance, it certainly didn’t hinder Donovan’s vision. Dempsey had an opportunity to make 3-0 on a penalty kick in stoppage time, but his boot sailed wide.

USA had four key players- Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron, Michael Bradley and Matt Besler- on the shelf due to either injury or yellow cards. While their absence was noticeable, especially early, the Americans proved resilient against a Mexico team now preparing to face off with New Zealand.

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