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USA vs. Mexico, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Dos a cero

The United States have defeated Mexico 2-0. If that score sounds familiar, it's happened four other times since the turn of the millennium.

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A USMNT win that taught us nothing

The United States used to have a clear measuring stick against the rest of the world. That measuring stick is gone, and Tuesday night's win over Mexico doesn't mean anything beyond three points and sentiment.

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The USA are heading to Brazil

The United States is going to Brazil after their win over Mexico and a bit of help elsewhere in CONCACAF.

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USA down Mexico, all but clinch World Cup berth

The United States outfought, outthought and outplayed El Tri in Columbus, brushing their old enemies aside in a 2-0 win and, if results go their way elsewhere, they'll earn a World Cup berth.

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Donovan makes it dos a cero

The United States likely put a dagger in Mexico's heart thanks to Landon Donovan's goal in the 78th minute to give the Americans a, you guessed it, 2-0 lead.

Mix Diskerud was the engine for the goal, taking a wonderful touch at the top of the box and cutting towards the touchline waiting for runs to be made at the far post. Diskerud's low cross was touched on ever so slightly by Clint Dempsey, giving Landon Donovan the time to get in position and redirect the ball into the net past a helpless Jose de Jesus Corona.

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Mexico were in serious trouble before the goal and they're probably done and dusted after the goal. For the US, they can nearly start making their travel arrangements for Brazil next summer.

There's less than 10 minutes to play in Columbus. The USA lead 2-0.

Dos a cero.

Dos a cero.

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Time running out for Mexico

Thanks a second substitution and a tactical shift, Mexico are putting the United States under increased pressure but with only 15 minutes left to play, El Tri is going to have to come up with something quickly.

Mexico's attack finally showed a bit of life in the 66th minute when Giovanni Dos Santos got the ball with the room to work on the right side. He dribbled in against a US defender and sent a looping cross that Javier Hernandez just couldn't get high enough to get his head on.

Better but still nowhere near good enough.

Luis Fernando Tena made another adjustment in the 69th minute bringing on Oribe Peralta in place of Fernando Arce. With the second striker on and a defensive midfielder off, Mexico also shifted to a 4-4-2 formation in an attempt to find a way through the US defense and free up Chicharito.

Eddie Johnson, who took a bit of a shot to the head earlier in the half, was replaced by Mix Diskerud in the 76th minute. Johnson looked a bit woozy as he left the pitch.

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Mexico's attack struggling as US remains in front

At the hour mark the United States is in complete control over Mexico thanks to Eddie Johnson's header early in the half.

In the wake of the goal the overall feel the game didn't change. The US was still happy to sit back and counter attack while Mexico were able to work the ball into the attacking third but then quickly run out of ideas.

Interim head coach Luis Fernando Tena's first adjustment was to remove easily the best Mexican attacker on the evening, Christian Giménez, and bring on Hector Herrera.

It didn't work, at least not as the match reached the 60th minute as Mexico's lack of creativity and generally toothless attack continued to find way to not pressure the US defense.

With Panama and Honduras currently scoreless, the US would book their place in Brazil if that result holds and Mexico fails to make a comeback.

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Eddie Johnson powers the US in front

Eddie Johnson's towering header off a set piece early in the second half has given the United States a 1-0 lead over Mexico.

Jurgen Klinsmann made one change at halftime, replacing Fabian Johnson -- who was apparently injured -- with Michael Parkhurst.

The US got going quickly with Alejandro Bedoya nearly setting up a goal for the US in the 49th minute after he ran onto a long ball on the right and sent a low cross that Eddie Johnson couldn't quite get to.

Turns out it was a preview of sorts.

Minutes later the US earned a corner kick and Johnson would not be denied as he out-jumped two defenders and powered a header past Jose de Jesus Corona to make it 1-0.

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The US had looked good on set pieces in the first half but things just hadn't quite clicked. Considering Eddie Johnson's recent propensity for these types of goals, the stage was certainly set for him to score.

Mexico are now in serious trouble with 40 minutes left to go. Will they fold or step-up?

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USA and Mexico scoreless at halftime

Mexico were the better side overall in the first half in Columbus but they'll likely be lamenting wasted chances as the match remains scoreless after the opening 45 minutes.

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El Tri still in control, US showing signs of life

While the United States have shown momentary signs of life, it remains all Mexico in Columbus as the match nears halftime. Christian Giménez nearly put Mexico in the lead but was denied by Tim Howard and a nice defensive play by Héctor Moreno blocked a Landon Donvan effort to keep the match scoreless.

Mexico's best opportunity to take the lead came in the 19th minute after Fabian Johnson got caught in possession and made a bad giveaway in the center of the midfield. Mexico went on the offensive after a failed attempt to work through the middle the ball popped out right where it was picked up by Christian Giménez.

Giménez cut back to the right creating a pocket of space and fired a hard shot that was parried away by Tim Howard.

The US avoided being punished for another mistake in the 24th minute when Omar Gonzalez was beaten down the left by Giovanni Dos Santos. Jermaine Jones made an excellent covering run and muscled Dos Santos off the ball before the Mexican attacker went to ground. The referee wasn't interested and play went on.

Just before the 30-minute mark Landon Donovan got behind the Mexico defense and worked his way into the Mexico box before cutting inside. Just as Donovan took the shot, defender Héctor Moreno came sliding across and blocked the shot up in the air for an easy catch by goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona.

The US came ever so close to taking the lead in the 31st minute when Eddie Johnson was left open in the middle of the box on a corner kick. Johnson skied over a defender and headed the ball on target where Jose de Jesus Corona was waiting to make a save.

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El Tri on the attack in Columbus

There were two key observations to be made from the opening 15 minutes between the United States and Mexico. First, it has been a sloppy game and second, Mexico are the aggressors and generating the better chances. They just haven't been able to do anything with the chances yet.

The crowd was rocking as the match kicked off and both teams had good early energy but Mexico looked more dangerous in the opening minutes. The USA defense were able to clear Mexico's first foray into the attacking third and they survived an early corner kick as well in the 5th minute.

The scariest moment early was in the 7th minute when an attempted clearance by DaMarcus Beasley was mishit back on frame, but Tim Howard was in the right spot to prevent an own-goal.

Mexico also earned the first dangerous free kick in the 11th minute but Christian Giménez's optimistic effort from 30+ yards sailed well over Tim Howard's goal.

The US finally threatened in the 14th minute after a long free kick was headed down in the box to Jermaine Jones who hammered a shot well over the cross bar.

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Landon Donovan's eye is gross

Seriously. Ick.

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Underway from Columbus

The United States and Mexico have kicked off in their massive World Cup qualifier from Columbus, and the biggest storyline early is how El Tri will look early with a new-look lineup, under a new manager. Luis Fernando Tena was named interim manager on Saturday, replacing the departed 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre. He's re-instated Andres Guardado and Jesus Zavala, but has kept a team that looks mostly the same to the one that lost to Honduras.

On paper, the teams look like they're playing matching 4-2-3-1 formations with fast, goal-poaching forwards and attacking midfielders that like to cut inside. Don't be shocked to see Mexico attack in more of a 4-3-3 formation, however. Look to see if Jesus Zavala is deep as a lone holder when Mexico have the ball.

For the U.S., keep an eye on the right flank. Fabian Johnson -- normally a left midfielder or left back -- is deputizing there. The U.S. has protected him on the right wing with Alejandro Bedoya, who plays right wingback in a 3-5-2 for Nantes in France. They'll have their hands full with Guardado.

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USA vs. Mexico: Lineups

The United States and Mexico have both made significant changes for their World Cup qualifying match.

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USMNT vs. Mexico preview: It's a giant crapshoot

The United States are missing four probable starters while Mexico just changed coaches and are desperate for an upset result.

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ESPN's Tuesday World Cup qualifying coverage

The network is presenting multiple World Cup qualifiers, a whip-around show and a ton of USMNT coverage.

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Dos a Cero: A history

Nothing defined American soccer in the 2000's better than Dos a Cero. Four matches, four 2-0 wins and, on Tuesday, the U.S. will try to carry the tradition into the current decade.

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Mexico faces the USA desperate for a result

Mexico are reeling after a home loss against Honduras and the firing of their head coach. Now in fourth place, El Tri travel to face the United States in desperate need of points.

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