Perhaps the best moment of the United States’ 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Mexico didn’t come until after their fourth consecutive two-to-nil victory over their continental neighbors.
USA men's soccer team has won last 4 home qualifying matches vs Mexico by identical 2-0 scores— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 11, 2013
Despite the win, the Americans needed some help in order to clinch their trip to Brazil next summer. After the action, about 1,000 die-hard fans stayed at Columbus Crew Stadium to await the result of the Panama vs. Honduras qualifying matchup.
Their ensuing 2-2 draw, about an hour later, officially clinched the Americans’ berth. Yahoo! Sports Soccer updated the millions of us not celebrating in Ohio with the team:
It's over in Honduras. The 2-2 draw with Panama sends the U.S. to the 2014 World Cup! #USMNT— Yahoo Soccer (@YahooSoccer) September 11, 2013
The players came back out to celebrate the country's seventh straight World Cup qualification with fans.
"We are going, we are going, yes we are going to Brazil" chants could likely have been heard a mile away after the crowd erupted following the news.
That group’s passion was never in question, either. Throughout the match, the star-spangled crowd was raucous, chanting “dos a cero, dos a cero” even an hour-and-a-half before kickoff.
Those chants started well before even arriving to not only the stadium but also the city of Columbus, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora:
Flight from Baltimore to Columbus loaded with US Soccer supporters. we've got the "Dos a Cero" chant going already #ElTriElFail— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 10, 2013
Once settled into their seats, the fervor among those in attendance only heightened. During the national anthem, singer Kayleigh Schofield was forced to adjust her delivery due to the roar of the crowd singing along with her.
From there, the USMNT didn’t fail to deliver on the pitch. With unflappable and spirited support behind them, the shorthanded Americans scored twice and kept El Tri out of goal for 90 minutes.
The first goal came in the 49th minute. Landon Donovan placed a beautiful set piece from the far corner where only Eddie Johnson could get it. Johnson did the rest, splitting two diving Mexican defenders to give the Americans an early second-half advantage.
His reaction, though, was as priceless as the perfect execution between the two teammates.
Donovan wasn’t done. The Americans’ all-time leading scorer added his 58th goal after finishing off a beautiful low cross by teammate Mix Diskerud in the 78th minute.
With a chance to make it a “tres a cero,” Clint Dempsey’s extra-time penalty attempt sailed wide to preserve the now-fabled “dos a cero” win.
Maybe beating Mexico 2-0 in Columbus is meant to be. For the Americans, it just has to feel so right.