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United States defeat Mexico to secure spot in 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The United States did everything they were supposed to do in Columbus, Ohio defeating Mexico 2-0. Landon Donovan had an assist on the winning goal and scored the insurance goal.

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The United States and Landon Donovan triumphed over Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio tonight with goals from Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson. MLS represented well, although it did take the team some time to get started without Michael Bradley in the middle. Donovan was involved in both goals, sending in the corner kick that Eddie Johnson headed in for the first goal.

There's Eddie Johnson heading home Donovan's corner kick, minutes after Johnson almost got on the end of an Alejandro Bedoya cross. Johnson out-jumped two defenders on the goal, after the US had looked solid on set pieces but lacked a target like the Seattle forward.

Donovan then punched home the dagger. The US energy completely changed after the Johnson goal, and it became less about if they would get to the traditional 2-0 story but rather when.

In other CONCACAF action, Jamaica drew level with Costa Rica and Honduras drew with Panama. These results had the US leapfrog Costa Rica into first place by a point, and both the US and Costa Rica clinch a spot in the 2014 World Cup

Mexico drops into a fourth place tie with Panama, a position likely unthinkable for El Tri fans earlier in the year. Mexico, Panama, and Honduras are playing for third and fourth at this point, with fourth place having to play New Zealand in a two match playoff for the World Cup spot.

The US are going to Brazil. Dos a Cero.