COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The United States and Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup by getting the results they needed in Tuesday's CONCACAF regional qualifying.
The U.S. won 2-0 at home against Mexico while Costa Rica drew 1-1 at Jamaica. Their berths in the 2014 tournament were confirmed when Honduras drew 2-2 against Panama later Tuesday.
Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored in the second half for the Americans, which will be playing in a seventh-straight World Cup.
"I'm proud of this team. I'm proud to be a part of it," Donovan said. "These guys put in a lot of hard work over the last two years and to have an opportunity in front of a crowd like this to qualify is pretty special."
Mexico slipped to fifth in the six-team group and its chances of even taking the fourth place, which yields a further intercontinental playoff, are in jeopardy.
"This a team that could and should play better," said Luis Fernando Tena, who replaced 'Chepo' de la Torre as Mexico's coach following Friday's home loss to Honduras. "It has to take a step forward if we want to make it to the World Cup."
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