US Clinches World Cup Berth

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2009 6:10 AM CDT
U.S. Landon Donovan, top, celebrates with teammate Stuart Holden after scoring against Honduras during a 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Saturday Oct. 10, 2009. U.S....   (Claudio Cruz)
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(Newser) – American players danced in the locker room and swigged bubbly after a thrilling victory last night in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, earned the US soccer team a trip to South Africa and another chance to impress at the World Cup. In one of the most exciting end-to-end matches the US has played in many years, the Americans took a 3-1 lead before Honduras closed on Julio Cesar De Leon's second goal of the game in the 78th minute.

Conor Casey scored his first two international goals in the second half, Landon Donovan added another and the United States clinched its sixth straight World Cup berth with a game to spare by rallying to beat Honduras 3-2. "It never gets old, that's for sure," Donovan said. "After what most of us would say was a very disappointing 2006 World Cup, we now have a chance at redemption."