United States Soccer Clinches World Cup Spot For Brazil 2014
The United States of America Men’s Soccer team is heading to their 7th straight World Cup Finals. A 2-0 win over Mexico Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio and a 2-2 draw between Honduras and Panama, in Honduras, clinched the USA’s trip to Brazil for 2014. The Americans had to wait around at Crew stadium while they watched and waited to see what would happen in the Honduras Panama game that finished up about 50 minutes after the final whistle for the USA.
The win for the USA was the fourth straight home World Cup qualifying win over Mexico in Columbus. All the wins were by the score 2-0.
The Yanks have 16 points with two games left to play in the CONCACAF Hexagonal final leg of qualifying. The 16 points are good enough to see the Americans sitting on top the standings ahead of Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Panama. The top three teams in the standings automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the 4th team will play a two-leg playoff against New Zealand for the final spot in Brazil.
The qualification for the United States continues their streak of seven straight World Cup appearances since 1990. Six of those coming though CONCACAF qualification and one, 1994, getting the host bid for the World Cup.
The USA joins Italy and Holland as teams that qualified for the World Cup Tuesday. Five other teams are already planning their flights down to South America. Australia, Iran, South Korea and Japan all qualified out of Asia and Brazil gets the host bid. Argentina could qualify late Tuesday night with a win against Paraguay.
After the USA beat Mexico, thanks to goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan, the team stayed at the stadium to wait on the results of the Honduras game. Many fans at the stadium stayed to watch and celebrate after the Honduras game went final. After some private celebration in the locker room, many of the US players came out of the tunnel to celebrate and sing with the fans who stuck around. The chant, “We Are Going To Brazil” ringing loudly.
No matter what happens in last two World Cup Qualifiers, the United States of America will be represented in 2014 in Brazil.