United States clinches berth for 2014 World Cup after 2-0 win over Mexico

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — For more than two hours, the red-white-and-blue-clad crowd stood and sang ‘‘Dos a cero! Dos a cero!’’ over and over and over.

 And 2-0 it was.

 The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, getting second-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan for the now traditional 2-0 home qualifying win over Mexico.

 Noisy American fans stood and sang in Columbus Crew Stadium starting 1½ hours before kickoff, and about 1,000 stayed for an hour after the final whistle. The United States needed a win or a tie from Honduras against Panama to clinch with two games to spare, and the American supporters watched on the videoboard as the Catrachos held on for a 2-2 draw.

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