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US clinches World Cup berth, beats Mexico 2-0

Mexico's Christian Gimenez, center, is tripped by the United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, as Kyle Beckerman helps to defend during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

World Cup qualifier - USA vs. Mexico

The United States men's national team believes it can use one of the most passionate crowds in American soccer to intimidate its biggest rival Mexico and book a place in the World Cup on Tuesday.

Crew Stadium will host the most critical fixture of the qualifying campaign thus far, as a victory over El Tri would almost guarantee a spot among the world's best in Brazil next summer.

Martin Rogers

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