US beats Panama, 2-0, in World Cup qualifying

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Jozy Altidore continued his scoring run. Eddie Johnson earned a moment to remember getting a goal before his raucous home crowd in the World Cup qualifier.

It became a perfect night for the United States to collect three points and vault into first halfway to another World Cup trip.

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

‘‘Right now we’re having fun. But most importantly we’re on the same page and have one common goal which is qualifying for the World Cup,’’ Johnson said.

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