Mexico rounded off the latest World Cup qualifying dates with a 2-0 loss to the United States in Columbus, Ohio.
Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored for the United States to give the home team the lead. Clint Dempsey missed a late penalty to keep the score at 2-0.
Mexico: Corona, Mier, Moreno, Reyes, Salcido(77′ Reyna), Zavala, Arce(68′ Peralta), Guardado, Gimenez(54′ Herrera), Dos Santos, Chicharito
USA: Howard, F. Johnson(46′ Parkhurst), Goodson, González, Beasley, Jones, Beckerman, Bedoya(83′ Zusi), Donovan, Dempsey, Eddie Johnson(75′ Diskerud)
Mexico had a flaccid start, but they had an opportunity in the 6th minute. Dos Santos had centered for Hernandez, but the shot was weak.
The next opportunity for Mexico arrived in the 18th minute with a shot from Gimenez that was stopped by Howard.
The US responded in the 22nd minute with a shot from Dempsey that ended in Corona’s hands.
Minutes into the second half the US scored its first goal. Eddie Johnson connected with his head a corner kick sent in by Donovan. Corona left his mark and left the goal open for Johnson to score in the 49th minute.
Landon Donovan scored the United States’ second goal in the 77th minute. Diskerud sent in the ball to Donovan who struck the ball straight into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Mexico did little while searching for a goal.
The US were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute, but Dempsey missed his shot and left the score at 2-0.
Mexico is currently in fifth place of the hexagonal table with 8 points behind the (1) US, (2) Costa Rica, and (3) Honduras.
They are tied with Panama on points but drop down based on goals for.
Though Mexico does not automatically qualify to the World Cup yet, there is still an opportunity to play in the tournament.
Mexico plays Panama in Mexico on October 11. The last game is against Costa Rica on October 15. Winning both of those games and having Honduras lose their next two games could put Mexico in third place with an automatic place in the WC.
If Mexico continues in fourth place, they would go into an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand. The first leg of that game would be played November 13/14 and the return leg on November 20.
Luis Fernando Tena was named manager of the national team after Jose de la Torre’s dismissal last week, though it remains to be seen if he will continue in that position of if the FMF will hire a permanent replacement.