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The United States clinch spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The United States clinch spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

men’s national soccer team not only beat their bitter rivals last night, they also earned a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan in the second half helped the Yanks beat a struggling Mexico side 2 0.

“A qualifying campaign is a very difficult road. It is a special moment,” head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after the game.

The pace of the first half was at a crawl. Each team had very few quality chances put on goal, but for the most part it looked as if they were afraid of each other. The deadlock was broken in the 49th minute as Eddie Johnson scored off a header from a Landon Donovan corner kick. has shown great potential from their set pieces throughout the qualification stages, but has seldom finished their opportunities. Johnson would exit the match moments later after hitting his head to the ground after going up for a 50 50 ball.

With Costa Rica drawing even with Jamaica 1 1 last night, the United States sits atop of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table with 16 points. The loss puts Mexico in fifth place as Panama has able to tie Honduras 2 2. If the qualification stages ended today, the United States, Costa Rica and Honduras would automatically qualify for Brazil 2014 and Panama would enter a playoff match against New Zealand for potential qualification.

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying schedule set

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying schedule set

Men’s National Team’s (USMNT) schedule for the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying at the official draw in Miami Beach, Florida. The USA launch their campaign in the CONCACAF Hexagonal qualifying tournament on the road against Honduras on February 6, 2013.

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Association Football) is one of FIFA’s six continental bodies governing soccer.

In World Cup 2010, won by Spain, the USA won their group for the first time in 80 years with an impressive 1 0 win over Algeria, which advanced the USA to the round of 16, where they were eliminated by Ghana in a 2 1 heartbreak, highlighted by controversial line up changes by former USMNT head coach Bob Bradley.

The USA has qualified for six consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments and holds a 63 34 31 overall record in World Cup Qualifying, including a 40 6 12 record in qualifiers played on American soil.

The USA will face Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama as the final six CONCACAF teams to compete in the 10 game round robin hexagonal format starting February 6 and wrapping up on October 15, 2013. The top three teams advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth place finisher will contest a two game playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.

The USMNT will play three of its first four matches on the road, including a big game at Mexico on March 26. Although away games at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City always come with a deep sense of foreboding, on August 15, under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the USA achieved an historic victory by defeating El Tri on Mexican soil for the first time in 25 attempts over 75 years. Thus, although the USA are winless in 14 World Cup Qualifying matches based in Mexico (0 13 1), the upcoming Mexico USA match on March 26 match will be highly anticipated by both sides.

Who won the Fifa Football world cup 2010 match France vs Mexico

Who won the Fifa Football world cup 2010 match France vs Mexico

“It was a very balanced game, which was going to be won by the team who scored first. It was a very difficult victory, very tough for us,” the former Atletico Madrid coach was quoted as saying by France Football after the match.

“The French pressed early in the match and the first period was very difficult for us. It was easier in the second half.

“It’s been three months we’ve been together; the team is well established, and with the offensive potential that we have, we always try to upset the opponent. Now we have 90 minutes against Uruguay, to reach our first objective, to qualify [for the last 16].”

Manchester United bound striker Javier Hernandez scored the opening goal for Mexico after coming off the bench.

After the game, the 22 year old said: “I am especially pleased with this victory more than for my goal and Man of the Match award. We wanted to give joy to our country tonight.

“But this victory is a first step; we still have a long way to go. For now, we do not think of the match against Uruguay, we want to enjoy this moment.”

“It was a very balanced game, which was going to be won by the team who scored first. It was a very difficult victory, very tough for us,” the former Atletico Madrid coach was quoted as saying by France Football after the match.

“The French pressed early in the match and the first period was very difficult for us. It was easier in the second half.

“It’s been three months we’ve been together; the team is well established, and with the offensive potential that we have, we always try to upset the opponent. Now we have 90 minutes against Uruguay, to reach our first objective, to qualify [for the last 16].”

Manchester United bound striker Javier Hernandez scored the opening goal for Mexico after coming off the bench.

After the game, the 22 year old said: “I am especially pleased with this victory more than for my goal and Man of the Match award. We wanted to give joy to our country tonight.