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Major Link Soccer: Cacophony in Columbus

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The Men's National Team, and their supporters, bring the house down en route to Brazil.

Dempsey is so lazy, he misses PKs on purpose.
Dempsey is so lazy, he misses PKs on purpose.
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For just a moment, it appeared the streak would end. After three consecutive victories over Mexico at Crew Stadium in Columbus, one man almost ruined everything.

Then Clint Dempsey let his PK fly away harmlessly, and the 2-0 scoreline was preserved.

The winning goal was put away by our own Eddie Johnson, ProSoccerTalk's Man of the Match who did great work supplying SB Nation with terrific gifs. Beside the two we put up here last night, There's another shot of the goal and one of his joyous, decidedly undemanding celebration. The home field advantage was terrific, and when the crowd combined with that opening EJ header, Mexico's will was broken. Relive the highlights here.

The victory combined with a Honduras win tie made the USA the ninth country to qualify for the 32-team World Cup field. By my count, there are now 10 teams in of the more than 200 eligible. The United States have looked really good in the qualifiers, but they will need to continue their improvement if they want to make a meaningful run next year. There's no doubt they will be underdogs, even if they didn't make SBNation's list of WC2014 "Dark Horses". Then again, all sorts of strange things can happen in Brazil. Just this weekend, a bench player who was warming up late in a match decided to enter the field of play and stop two opposing shots. He was sportingly given a five-second head start before the opposing players chased him into the locker room.

In Johnson's absence, Lamar Neagle scored the only two offensive goals in two Sounders wins, earning him a spot on the MLS "Team of the Week". With Eddie's early exit from the qualifier match, it will be interesting to see whether Sigi sticks with the healthy and rested Neagle, or goes with the man on fire.

FC Dallas has finally found a new name for their stadium. For years it was known as Pizza Hut Park, until they pulled out in 2012. Now the rumors have been confirmed, with Toyota taking the naming rights for a building that not only hosts MLS, but also the D-II College Football final.

We reported on the trade of Max Urruti yesterday, but less discussed was what Portland gave up. Their most notable loss was that of their Bright Dike, a Timber since 2010. Dike had been a fan favorite since before the jump to MLS, and his transfer brought emotions to the surface over at Stumptown Footy.

While many were happy to see Dempsey miss the shot (perhaps on purpose?) EA Sports can't be pleased to see their new poster boy missing so poorly in such a big event.

Seattle Reign have a new defender, after trading for Carmelina Moscato formerly of the Boston Breakers. The trade dictated that midfielder Kaylyn Kyle be sent off to the other coast.