U.S. Men's National Team Basically Set for Brazil With Win Over Mexico

By Phil Naegely
United States vs. Mexico
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It was a much-anticipated match between the United States and Mexico. With Mexico axing “Chepo” last weekend and the United States without some key players due to injury or yellow card accumulation, this game was up for grabs.

Once again, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated “Dos A Cero” at Columbus Crew Stadium.

All week, USMNT fans were recalling past World Cup Qualifying “Dos A Cero” matches against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium. The “Dos A Cero” result also occurred in 2001, 2005 and 2009. On Tuesday night, USMNT fans celebrated yet another “Dos A Cero” result that basically punches USMNT’s ticket to the 2014 World Cup.

With the win, the United States needs Panama to lose or tie for them to officially qualify. At this moment, Panama is tied 1-1 with Honduras. Moreover, Jamaica stunningly tied Costa Rica on a last-minute goal. As a result, USMNT sits back in first place in the table, but it doesn’t really matter whether they finish first or second. The United States will be going to Brazil come 2014 for their seventh-straight World Cup competition.

The win Tuesday showed the United States’ true depth. Additionally, Tim Howard stepped up and kept the game scoreless in the first half. Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored for the United States, but the most cheered moment was a missed last-minute penalty by Clint Dempsey. The United States were up 2-0, and why would Dempsey want to ruin another “Dos A Cero” moment?

Well, he missed wide and the cheers grew louder. Columbus is rocking tonight because the USMNT is headed to Brazil.

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