US Dumps Mexico in Raucous Win, Heads to World Cup

Yet another victory in Columbus buys ticket to Brazil

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – The US is going to its seventh straight World Cup after beating archrivals Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio—the same venue where the Americans won 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers in 2001, 2005, and 2009. Chants from the raucous capacity crowd included "Dos a cero," "This is our house," and "You're not going to Brazil," as the US won with second-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan, the AP reports.

"It's become its own monster. People want to come to Columbus and see US-Mexico," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "You almost feel like it's our destiny to win here." But fans had to wait until nearly an hour after the final whistle to be sure that their team was going to Brazil next year, USA Today notes. Players celebrated on the field after Honduras tied Panama 2-2, clinching the US berth. Mexico, meanwhile, dropped to fifth in the group, leaving them with an uphill struggle to qualify.

United States' Jermaine Jones, right, and Mexico's Fernando Arce scramble for a loose ball during the second half.
United States' Jermaine Jones, right, and Mexico's Fernando Arce scramble for a loose ball during the second half.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
United States fans hold up scarves as they sing the national anthem in Columbus.
United States fans hold up scarves as they sing the national anthem in Columbus.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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