The United States Men’s Soccer team is on its way to Rio De Janeiro after defeating Mexico 2-0 in last night’s World Cup qualifier. The US also needed a Honduras win or tie against Panama. That game ended in a 2-2 draw, officially clinching the berth for the US.
Both teams went into halftime scoreless, with US goalie Tim Howard standing on his head keeping Mexico off the board.
The US finally broke through when Eddie Johnson’s header found the back of the net in the 49th minute on a beautiful corner.
Then in the 79th minute, it was scorching hot Landon Donovan off a perfectly placed Mikkel Diskerun pass that somehow found the foot of Donovan who placed it in a wide open net. That was the knockout punch the US needed.
Last Friday, there was some doubt casted over a US team that had won a record 12-straight games after losing to Costa Rica 3-1. The Americans needed to bounce back big time against Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) and Mexico, and that’s exactly what happened.
Up next for the US are qualifying matches against Jamiaca on October 11th, followed by the final WC qualifier against Panama on October 15th.