A Tim Howard clean sheet against Mexico helped USA qualify for next years World Cup in Columbus tonight.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men went into the game knowing a win against their biggest rivals and anything but a Panama win in Honduras would be enough to secure qualification.
After a nervy first half in which Howard made some fine saves, the U.S got the goals they needed to secure the victory in the second half.
First from a Eddie Johnson header and a late second from ex Everton loanee Landon Donovan.
Honduras sealed America’s qualification by drawing 2-2 with Panama.
Both results also meant Bryan Oviedo’s Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Jamaica. Oviedo was an unused sub.
In the other games tonight, Phil Jagielka played 90 minutes to help England secure a 0-0 draw with Ukraine to go clear at the top of Group H.
Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy played 90 minutes in Ireland’s 1-0 defeat by Austria destroying their hopes of going to Brazil.
Steven Naismith played a full 90 minutes as Scotland beat Macedonia 2-1.