US books ticket to Brazil 2014 beating Mexico

Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:24 AM by Shane Barrow
US books ticket to Brazil 2014 beating Mexico

It was a magical night in Columbus last night as the US soccer team booked their place for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.  Once again Columbus, Ohio was a curse for Mexico another trip yielded another loss.

Mexico held tight for a half as they frustrated the Americans.  Sitting deep, Mexico bogged down the midfield in the opening 45 minutes as the US had difficulty finding a way through.  As the US turned the ball over Mexico ended up with plenty of attack time and if not for a couple of smart saves from Tim Howard the visitors could have well been ahead at the break.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann got the boys refocused at halftime and it did not take long for the red, white and blue to snatch the lead.  As so many times in the past, it was a set piece that put the Americans ahead of Mexico.  Eddie Johnson leaped high and headed home a corner kick a few minutes after the restart sending the crowd into a frenzy.  It really was not much a match from there.

"I think it really got into Mexico's head, especially when we scored that first goal. You could see it on Mexico's face. They were really defeated," American defender Omar Gonzalez said. "From that point on we really took control of the game."

Mix Diskerud
 entered the match in the 75th minute and made a huge impact as he got deep into the Mexico penalty box delivering a perfect low cross through the six that Landon Donovan finished making it 2-0.  Clint Dempsey had a chance to make it 3-0 in stoppage time, but his penalty kick struck the outside of the post and went wide.  No matter though as the referee ended the match afterwards and the celebration was on.

"It's become its own monster. People want to come to Columbus and see US-Mexico. It's almost like the mecca really for us," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "You almost feel like it's our destiny to win here."

A magical night as the players returned to the field after the Panama-Honduras draw clinched their spot at Brazil 2014.  The players celebrated with the remaining fans that stayed to watch the the end of the Panama game on the jumbotron.  "It's great to do it sooner than later, but to get it against your rival is even sweeter," American captain Clint Dempsey said.

Two qualifiers remain, but they are moot and will most likely be used to work in some new players and develop depth for Brazil 2014.