World Cup qualifier: USA vs. Mexico

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Greetings from Columbus and the fourth installment of a U.S. home qualifier against Mexico in the Buckeye state.

“Dos a cero!” has been echoing through central Ohio all day. Repeat performance? I’ll say 2-1, USA. In which case, combined with a Panama loss or draw at Honduras, the Americans are going to the World Cup for the seventh consecutive time.

Italy and Netherlands secured passage to Brazil earlier today, joining the host nation, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Australia. Costa Rica, USA, Argentina and Colombia are on the brink tonight.

Kickoff: 8:06 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN, UniMas, WatchESPN, www.univisiondeportes.com

USA lineup: Howard; F. Johnson, Goodson, Gonzalez, Beasley; Jones, Beckerman; Bedoya, Dempsey, Donovan; E. Johnson. Subs: Guzan, Rimando, Parkhurst, Castillo, Orozco, Corona, Diskerud, Torres, Davis, Zusi, Johannsson.

MEX lineup: Corona; Mier, Moreno, Reyes, Salcido; Arce, Gimenez, Zavala, Guardado; Dos Santos, Hernandez. Subs: Orozco, Talavera, Rodriguez, Meza, Nilo, Reyna, Aquino, Herrera, Alvarez, Peralta, Jimenez.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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