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September 16, 2013

Team USA Qualifies for the Upcoming FIFA World Cup

by Leon Phanrana

On September 10, the United States Men’s soccer team took on the Mexican Men’s soccer team. The United States needed to win the game. Along with the win, they needed a draw from the Honduras vs. Panama game to punch their ticket to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Brazil next summer. After the first 45 minutes in the match, the game between the United States and Mexico was tied at 0.  Finally, in the 49th minute, USA scored a goal from a header by Eddie Johnson, making the scoreline 1-0. In the 78th minute, USA’s all-time leading goal scorer Landon Donovan scored, making the score line 2-0 in the United States’s favor. At the end of the 90 minutes, the United States stood their ground and came out with the win. The final score was 2-0.

After the game was over, they had to wait another 45 minutes for the Honduras vs. Panama game to end in order to officially be qualified for the 2014 World Cup. At 10:45 PM (ET), the Honduras vs. Panama game ended in a 2-2 draw, which was what the US needed to qualify for the World Cup. They celebrated with fans that were left in the Stadium at the time, chanting, “We’re going to Brazil!”

The draw for the World Cup will take place on December 6, and it will determine which countries the United States will face in their group.

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This photo was taken from usasports.com.

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