The USA men’s national soccer team beat Mexico 2-0 on Tuesday night in Columbus. The victory qualified the USA for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
As the game ended chants of, “USA! USA! USA!” could be heard throughout the stadium.
Led by Landon Donovan, the men’s team stepped up and won their 12th international match in their last 13 tries. It was also the 4th victory in a row against Mexico on American soil. Each game ended with identical 2-0 scores.
Eddie Johnson scored the first goal in the matches 49th minute on a corner kick. Landon Donovan gave Johnson a strike from the corner and Johnson didn’t miss.
Donovan then added a goal in the 78th minute to make the score 2-0. USA then had another chance to score in the 93rd minute when Clint Dempsey was awarded a penalty kick. Dempsey kicked the ball wide though and insult was not added to injury.
All team USA needed was one goal though. The game proved overwhelming for Mexico, a team which used to be a soccer power worldwide.
The game took place at Columbus Crew Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew. There were 24,584 in attendance. In a surprise, most were there in support of USA. It may sound odd, but most international soccer games on American soil get heavy support for the opposing team.
After the victory all team USA had to do was wait for was the outcome of the Honduras versus Panama game. As the whistle blew in Columbus, Honduras was starting the second half with a 1-0 lead over Panama. A win or a tie by Honduras would secure the win for USA.
The remainder of the Honduras game was shown in the stadium in Columbus as fans waited around to party.
Honduras tied 2-2. Team USA got the party it was waiting for and officially qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Are you excited to watch the USA men’s national soccer team represent the country in Brazil next summer?