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EJ scores, USA qualifies for 2014 World Cup

The United States defeated Mexico 2-0 tonight in a World Cup-qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio.

Later in the evening, Honduras and Panama played to a 2-2 draw, and the combination of results assured the USA's place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The first U.S. goal was scored on a header by Eddie Johnson. Landon Donovan set the final score later. Clint Dempsey missed a penalty kick in stoppage time.

Dempsey went all 90 minutes, and Johnson went 75 before taking a tumble and leaving the match after seeming to hit his head. That makes both seem unlikely for much/any duty Friday when Real Salt Lake comes to CenturyLink Field. RSL's Kyle Beckerman also went the whole way.

Here's what coach Sigi Schmid said earlier today about their possible availability for RSL:

“We’ll have to see what happens in terms of minutes played, the travel then on Wednesday, how they feel – they’re really going to have only Thursday’s practice – how tight are they and so forth,” Schmid said. “For Dempsey, if he starts and plays 90 or close to 90 tonight, that would be his third game in seven days. For Eddie, he didn’t play that many minutes in Game One, but there’s still all the travel in between there. … You look at Eddie and Clint and you say OK they were with us in Columbus, and from Columbus to Miami, Miami to San Jose, Costa Rice, back to Columbus and now to here. So it’s not only the games, it’s also the wear and tear of the travel.”
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