- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 11, 2013
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- 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Crew Stadium, Features, Mexico, USMNT
There really is nothing better than betting a rival. There is also nothing better than having a true psychological advantage over that said rival in a game too. And when beating that rival helps you clinch a spot in the next World Cup, well, that makes it all sweeter.
The last three times the United States faced Mexico in a World Cup qualifier as the home team, the match has taken place in Columbus Crew Stadium. In 2001, 2005, 2009, and now 2013 the home team left with a 2-0 victory over their CONCACAF rival, creating the legend of Dos a Cero along the way.
The forth lightning strike happened last night. Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson scored second half goals along the way to keep the Dos a Cero legend around for few more years.
There is something magical about playing in Crew Stadium for the US team. Even against opponents not named Mexico, the USMNT has never lost at Crew Stadium, now boasting a 7-0-3 record there with 15 goals for and just one goal against versus all opponents since they first played at MLS’ inaugural soccer-specific stadium in 2000.
Following the 2-0 win over Mexico, the US clinched a spot in the World Cup for the seventh straight time. You could say the first couple of times the US got into the World Cup it was luck, or by hosting or just a fluke. Now days, it is expected.
Now with two matches to play in qualifying the US can relax in a way that they couldn’t before this past week. Jurgen Klinsmann and bring in new players if he chooses and we can continue to see the evolution that he is bringing to the team. Or you know he could just go all in and beat Jamaica in Kansas City and then win at Panama next month. Either way, the US is in and there is nothing sweeter than typing that.
We are going to Brazil!