Mexico fans show their support. El Tri faces Costa Rica in CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying on September 11, 2012. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

El Tri Clinch CONCACAF Hexagonal Place

Mexico are through to the next round of World Cup qualifying after they defeated Costa Rica.

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Mexico Vs. Costa Rica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score 1-0, Chicharito Is El Tri's Savior

Mexico have become the first team from CONCACAF to qualify for the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying with their victory over Costa Rica. They were made to work much harder at home than they were in San Jose, but Javier Hernandez was able to finish off a chance in the second half to give El Tri a 1-0 victory.

While El Tri were not at their best for most of the match, they were certainly better than Costa Rica, and a goal always seemed inevitable before it came. 'Chicharito', who has been displaced from the Manchester United team, looked rusty on Friday and continued to look rusty for most of Tuesday's match as well. He got himself in the perfect spot in the 61st minute, however, and applied a simple touch to direct a cross by Jorge Torres Nilo into the back of the net.

Mexico looked like a much more confident side from then until the end of the match and didn't give the Ticos a sniff at an equalizer. If he wishes, Jose Manuel de la Torre can call a youth side into his team's final two qualifiers in this round.

We'll have coverage of all of Tuesday's matches in our CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying StoryStream. For more on El Tri, head over to Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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USA Vs. Jamaica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score, Herculez Gomez Gives USMNT 1-0 Victory

In a game of three distinct segments, the United States got the result they needed in Columbus, even if they made their fans sweat through the end of the match. A dominant first half didn't produce any goals, but Herculez Gomez became his country's hero with a great free kick goal in the second half. The United States continued to play well immediately afterwards, but nearly threw the game away late.

The final 20 minutes were nervy ones for U.S. supporters, as Jurgen Klinsmann's substitutes failed to keep possession. Jamaica couldn't create clear chances, however, and the United States defense did their part to hold onto a 1-0 victory.

Klinsmann's men started strong in the opening minutes, but it took them until 20 minutes into the match to truly assert their dominance. Steve Cherundolo had a shot deflected, then barely saved onto the post by Dwayne Miller in the 20th minute. One minute later, Miller came up big again to deny Graham Zusi from close range.

Danny Williams struck the post in the 30th minute with a wicked long-range effort that beat Miller, but just missed sneaking inside the net by inches. At that point, it looked like luck just might not be on the side of the Americans. Miller was brilliant in the first half, while the USMNT hit the post three times.

In the 55th minute, Jamaica's luck run out and Miller finally made a mistake. Gomez placed a great direct free kick at the near post, but Miller did manage to get across and get his hands to it. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep the ball out and failed to make what was his easiest save of the night up to that point as the ball went between his hands and into the back of the net.

The next 15 minutes went well for the United States, but as Klinsmann made substitutions and players got tired, their play became sloppy. Brek Shea was the first substitute, entering the match for Jose Torres. Maurice Edu and Jozy Altidore also came in, replacing Zusi and Gomez. The latter two players looked a bit rusty and gave the ball away routinely, while Clint Dempsey looked absolutely gassed and also gave the ball away regularly.

Those questionable substitution choices and the Americans' fatigue led to a number of nervy moments at the end of the match, but Tim Howard and the American back four were up to the task, preventing Jamaica from turning any of the midfield's giveaways into scoring opportunities. For all the nervous moments for the USMNT at the end, Jamaica never really looked like scoring, and the United States held onto their 1-0 win comfortably.

You can find our previous coverage of the game in our USA vs. Jamaica StoryStream and you can get all of your U.S. soccer coverage at Stars and Stripes FC.

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Mexico Vs. Costa Rica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Lineups

Mexico have named an unchanged team for their World Cup qualifying match at home against Costa Rica, which isn't entirely surprising. They were the better side on the road against the Ticos on Friday and have no reason to change. Their new two-striker setup wasn't great, however, as Oribe Peralta and Javier Hernandez failed to link up as much as Jose Manuel de la Torre would have liked.

Costa Rica, meanwhile, have made multiple changes.

Mexico Lineup: Corona; Moreno, Rodríguez, Meza, Torres Nilo, Zavala, Salcido, Aquino, Guardado, Peralta, Hernandez

Costa Rica Lineup: Navas; Badilla, Gonzlaez, Acosta, Salvatierra, Leal, Tejeda, Cubero, Bolaños, Campbell, Brenes

Kickoff is at 9 p.m. ET from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, and you can catch the game on Univision.

We'll have coverage of all of Tuesday's matches in our CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying StoryStream. For more on El Tri, head over to Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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Mexico Vs. Costa Rica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

El Tri are big favorites at home against Costa Rica.

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USA Vs. Jamaica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

The United States is in a near must-win situation on Tuesday when they take on Jamaica in Columbus.

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