COLUMBUS, Ohio — Landon Donovan's 58th goal for the U.S. national team in the 78th minute doubled the Americans' lead over Mexico to 2-0 and moved the team a big step closer to next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Eddie Johnson's goal early in the second half, off a perfect service from Donovan, accounted for the first U.S. goal.
A victory over Mexico, combined with a win or draw by Honduras in its late game with Panama, would lock up a World Cup invitation for the Americans. But a win alone would leave Panama with only a remote mathematical chance of denying the U.S. one of CONCACAF's three guaranteed slots in Brazil in June.
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