USMNT clinches World Cup spot as they top Mexico 2-0
After a slow start the US defeat Mexico off of an Eddie Johnson header and a Landon Donovan tap in. America clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a 2-2 draw between Honduras and Panama.This is the 10th appearance in a World Cup for the USMNT.
All the US needed was a tie or a loss from Panama, but Panama kept their World Cup dreams alive with an equalizing goal in the 90th minute.
Two Mexican corner kicks in the first five minutes stifled the US attack in the beginning of the match. The US had few chances in the first 20 minutes, with a few runs here and there. Maintaining possession in Mexico’s third was the hardest problem for the Americans, but the defense stayed strong to keep the game scoreless.
The first real chance to put points on the board for the US came in the 32nd minute when the US were rewarded a corner kick. Omar Gonzalez sent a cross in and Eddie Johnson rose above the defense and headed it toward the bottom right corner of the net, but Mexican keeper Jose Corona was there to smother the ball.
Before the start of the second half Fabian Johnson was substituted for Michael Parkhurst for an injury concern. But the second half was all USA. In the 49th minute Donovan sent in a corner, Corona came out of his net to try to get the ball, but Eddie Johnson was there again in the center of the box heading one home to the middle of the goal to put the US up one to nil. Eddie Johnson’s header was a mirror image compared to his first in the first half except for the location and the outcome.
Mexico, with their backs against a wall, continued to press to try to even the match. However the US defense stayed strong even with the absence of Michael Bradley and defenders Matt Besler, and Geoff Cameron.
In the 62nd minute Eddie Johnson went up for a header and fell to the ground hard on his back and his head hit the ground. Team doctors evaluated him on the field and after he came out of the game in the 76th minute for Mix Diskerud.
Just two minutes later Diskerud sent a low cross from just outside the box to Donovan who slotted it in with a right-footed shot inside the six-yard box. Giving the US a 2-0 lead, which lasted all the way to the final whistle.
As if there was not enough salt in the wound for Mexico, a foul inside the box during the final minute of stoppage time gave Clint Dempsey a penalty kick. His shot went wide right but it was over. The USMNT kept their undefeated streak at Columbus Crew Stadium alive and well.
11 (3) Shots (on goal) 13 (3)
13 Fouls 13
2 Corner Kicks 7
0 Offsides 2
48% Time of Possession 52%
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 1