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WC Qualification CONCACAF
September 11, 2013
• Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Referee: C. Campbell
• Attendance: 23881
E. Johnson 49'
L. Donovan 78'
That's it! For the fourth straight time, the USA has defeated Mexico 2-0 in Columbus. If Honduras doesn't lose against Panama (they're up 1-0 at halftime) the USA is clinching a berth in the World Cup tonight
90' + 5'
Missed Penalty Clint Dempsey
90' + 4'
Dempsey draws a penalty and blazes wide!!!! Amazing!!
90' + 1'
Four minutes of stoppage time
USA passing the ball around, Mexico chasing. This one's as good as over
Yellow Card Landon Donovan
USA salting the game away now, and Mexico coming in with some rash challenges. Yanks may want to be careful
USA fans chanting "YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BRAZIL" at Mexico and incredibly, they may be right. With Honduras up 1-0, the USA might clinch their spot in a little over an hour
Clever first touch by Diskerud as he skips through the Mexico defense and to the byline. He squares a ball across the face of goal and Donovan is at the back post to tap home.
Assist M. Diskerud
Goal Landon Donovan
GOAL USA! Diskerud finds Donovan and it's DOS A CERO!!
Last sub for Mexico. Reyna for Salcido. All out attack for the last 15 minutes
Eddie Johnson off and Mix Diskerud in. USA looking to keep the ball a bit more now
Beckerman draws a couple fouls in a row, this one resulting in a free kick from the left flank. Donovan to serve it in
Goodson with a diving headed clearance off a Mexico cross. The American center back duo of Goodson and Gonzalez has held up reasonably well so far
Jones down in the box, but he appears to be alright. USA maybe not above a little time-wasting?
Arce out and Peralta in. Not a surprise the in-form Santos Laguna forward is getting 20 minutes here. Very attacking sub by El Tri
Defensively, Mexico has been quite solid, as another USA attack peters out after Jones is forced to pass 40 yards back to his own keeper
Dos Santos with a cross in, but Parkhurst on hand to head away. Mexico hasn't been able to find Chicharito much in this second half
Johnson appears ok as play resumes
Johnson down after a hard fall going up for a header. Trainer out giving him attention
Mexico mostly controlling possession after the USA goal, but El Tri lacking a cutting edge right now.
Great challenge from Gonzalez on Chicharito after a Dempsey turnover. Corner for Mexico
What is the mentality of this Mexico team right now? They haven't responded to adversity well in the Hexagonal so far.
Johnson had a towering header that was saved by Corona in the first half, and that warning wasn't heeded by Mexico. The Sounders forward can jump, no doubt about it
Assist Landon Donovan
Goal Eddie Johnson
GOAL USA!!!!! It's Eddie Johnson with a header off Donovan's corner kick!
Bedoya's cross goes across the face of goal, but nobody is home. Donovan collects and his shot is deflected over for a corner.
Johnson has a strained left hamstring, so that was an injury substitution
Second half is underway! Fabian Johnson is out and Michael Parkhurst in for the USA
Halftime. Mexico has been slightly more dangerous and better in possession, but the USA defense, led by Tim Howard, has kept El Tri off the scoreboard.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Alejandro Bedoya
45' + 1'
Save Howard! Reyes flicks the free kick on and its headed for the far post, but Howard makes a diving stop
45' + 1'
Gimenez turns and starts off running towards the USA goal, and Bedoya hacks him down from behind. Easy call to show the yellow card
Dos Santos breaks in and hits and outside of the foot shot to the far post, but Howard sprawls out and catches. Chicharito was screaming for the ball at the far post
Jones tracks back to win the ball. His defensive work has been excellent tonight
Mexico with a sustained bit of possession in the last five minutes or so
Mexico passing around, but USA's defensive shape holding up, and they force a turnover. Better defensive work from the home side
Great climb by EJ off a corner kick, but his powerful header is right into Corona's arms
USA really having trouble building attacks from the back. Its center backs are not very adept at passing
Dempsey holds off his man and finds Donovan, whose shot is blocked by Moreno and caught by Corona. Almost identical play to the Dempsey shot from 10 minutes ago
Jones blazes a shot wide past the far post. The Schalke man has been playing well so far, and the USA has needed it badly
Hernandez gets behind Gonzalez in the box, but great tracking back from Jones leads to the Man United forward tumbling over, looking for a foul. He was never getting that call
Good interplay between EJ and Dempsey and Dempsey cuts in and shoots, but his shot is blocked into the grateful arms of Corona. Would've been a goal without the sliding challenge
Gimenez opts to shoot and blazes over the bar. The USA has to be better with the ball or Mexico is going to get a goal on the counter
El Tri looks dangerous. Bedoya hacks down Dos Santos on the left flank. Another free kick coming
Save Howard! Mexico gets in behind the USA after a F. Johnson turnover and the USA keeper has to make a sprawling save. Best chance for either team so far
Beckerman goes flying in way late on Dos Santos. Very lucky to escape a card there
Free kick lifted in and its only half cleared, but Jones blazes a volley well over. The Schalke man could've done better there
Dempsey with a long shot that goes harmlessly wide. First look at goal for the USA
Gimenez way over the bar, with the American Outlaws' scarves staring him in the face
Jones with a foul on Chicharito in a dangerous spot. Free kick upcoming
The USA can't keep the ball in midfield right now. Bradley's absence already showing
Dos Santos gets behind the USA defense with ease and his cross is miskicked by Beasley right to Howard. Nearly an own goal. Nervy start for the home side
Mexico sitting back and allowing the USA to play in its own half right now
Beckerman gambles and loses, allowing Hernandez to get a cross off that Johnson clears poorly. Another corner for Mexico, and Moreno's header goes wide
Howard with an easy catch
Early corner for El Tri as Goodson clears, Gimenez got behind the defense pretty easily
We are underway!
Anthems are over and what an atmosphere in here! About ready to go now!
Lineups are being announced and the crowd is beyond amped. It's just about time folks....
For Mexico, Chicharito comes back into the lineup in place of the in-form Oribe Peralta. Diego Reyes keeps his place at center back after a tough match against Honduras
Here's Mexico's lineup tonight: Corona, Mier, Reyes Moreno, Salcido, Arce, Zavala, Giménez, Guardado, Dos Santos, Chicharito
Fabian Johnson moves to right back, where he played versus Mexico in the USA's 1-0 win at the Azteca last August. Alejandro Bedoya with a huge opportunity, starting in place of Graham Zusi. Kyle Beckerman in for the suspended Geoff Cameron and injured Michael Bradley
Here is your USA lineup: Howard, Beasley, Goodson, Gonzalez, F. Johnson; Jones, Beckerman; Donovan, Dempsey, Bedoya, E. Johnson
The American Outlaws have been here for more than an hour, and there's still about 35 minutes until kickoff. They are making a TON of noise. Great showing
Greeetings from Columbus! Seth Vertelney with you here from a very loud Crew Stadium for tonight's massive qualifier between the USA and Mexico
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