Columbus (CBS HOUSTON) – The United States of America went to their favorite World Cup qualifying house at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and took down rival Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night. The win for the Yanks puts the team just a small step from officially qualifying for Brazil and the 2014 World Cup. The teams 7th straight World Cup qualification.
The game winning goal scored early in the second half by Eddie Johnson head off the Landon Donavon corner kick. Johnson found the cross with his head and buried in the back of the net to give the USA a 1-0 lead over Mexico. That goal would hold up for the USA as they added one more from veteran Landon Donavon in the 78th minute.
The USA had concerns for the game against Mexico as they were without striker Jozy Altidore, defenders Matt Biesler and Geoff Cameron because of accumulated yellow cards and team leader Michael Bradley because of an injury. The substitutes for those played well for the USA, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya and Clearance Goodson held their positions well. Bedoya made some strong runs on the left side of the midfield creating chances for the USA.
By far the biggest sub was Johnson who took Altidore’s spot at the front of the American’s formation. He held the ball well and worked well with American playmakers Clint Dempsy and Donovan to give the USA their best chances before Johnson’s go ahead goal.
Mexico came out strong against the Americans pressuring in the first 15 minutes creating chances on some counter attacks. El Tri was missing a member of their earlier qualifying games as well, head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, was fired after Mexico’s home loss to Honduras 2-1 on Friday.
The USA finished the game and found itself on top of the CONCACAF Qualifying standings with 16 points after Jamaica tied Costa Rica 1-1. When the final whistle blew in Columbus the Red, White & Blue started watching the score board. A win or draw for Honduras against Panama would mean the USA officially qualifies for the World Cup.