U.S. Beats Panama 2-0 in World Cup Qualifier

U.S. Beats Panama 2-0 in World Cup Qualifier

Before a raucous and electric crowd in Seattle, the United States men’s national soccer team took a giant step toward the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil, by defeating Panama 2-0 on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier. The Seattle crowd was chanting, “We are going to Brazil,” and gave the Americans an unbelievable home field advantage.

According to the Associated Press:

Jozy Altidore continued his scoring blitz with a goal in his third straight match, Eddie Johnson thrilled his home club fans with a goal in the 53rd minute, and the United States took over first place in its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Panama on Tuesday.

Altidore scored in the 36th minute on a perfect cross from Fabian Johnson, moments after a potential penalty kick for the Americans was denied.

Eddie Johnson then gave the U.S. some cushion when he collected Geoff Cameron’s pass over the top of Panama’s defense and slid a left-footed shot past Jaime Penedo less than 10 minutes into the second half.

The U.S. holds a two-point lead over Costa Rica and Mexico in the qualifying group in the 10-game final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region. They will host Honduras next Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah.