The United States closed in on its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating regional rival Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan before a raucous red-white-and-blue-clad crowd that stood and chanted from start to finish.
It took Brek Shea less than a minute to give the United States a goal.
Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half, and the U.S. cruised past El Salvador 5-1 Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute Tuesday night to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group.
Marco Fabian and Luis Montes scored goals 13 minutes apart in the first half and Mexico defeated Martinique 3-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.
Gabriel Torres scored twice to lead Panama to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.
Aldo De Nigris scored at the final whistle to give two-time defending champion Monterrey a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night, sending the Mexican team to the CONCACAF Champions League final with a 3-1 aggregate score in the two-game semifinal.
Omar Gonzalez, Jose Villarreal, Robbie Keane and Jack McBean scored and the Los Angeles Galaxy advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League final four for the first time by beating visiting Herediano 4-1 Wednesday.
Eddie Johnson scored twice Friday night, including the winning goal in second-half injury time, lifting the United States to the verge of advancing in World Cup qualifying with a nervous 2-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda.
Juninho scored the game-winner in stoppage time to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a thrilling 2-1 victory over Morelia on Wednesday night in Champions League play.
Miguel Sabah and Adrian Aldrete scored Tuesday night to rally Morelia to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Group A of the CONCACAF Champions League.
World Cup veterans Carlos Vela, Paul Aguilar, Jonny Magallon and goalkeeper Luis Michel head the list of 26 players in Mexico’s preliminary squad for July’s Copa America in Argentina.