The United States have moved a step closer to sealing a place at the World Cup after a 2-0 win over Mexico in Ohio on Tuesday.
Second-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan were enough to give the USA a win which puts them on 16 points and top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group, a point clear of Costa Rica.
If Honduras win or draw against Panama, Jurgen Klinsmann's side will be guaranteed a place at Brazil 2014.
Mexico, under coach Luis Fernando Tena for the first time, are in danger of missing out on a berth but should still get a play-off place despite their poor campaign.
For the USA, they maintained their fine record at home in World Cup qualifiers, unbeaten since 2001 thanks to the win at Columbus Crew Stadium.
The visitors were the better side early on, creating space out wide which almost led to a seventh-minute opener.
DaMarcus Beasley miscued his attempted clearance of a cross but fortunately for him it fell straight into Tim Howard's arms.
There were a flurry of chances midway through the first half, starting with Mexico's opportunity in the 19th minute.
USA defender Omar Gonzalez crucially broke up play but the chance developed for Christian Gimenez, whose shot was just too narrow and palmed away by Howard.
Gimenez curled a free-kick just over from a tough position out wide before Clint Dempsey had a shot deflected into the arms of Jose de Jesus Corona after a delightful flick by Johnson.
Villarreal attacker Giovani dos Santos was unsuccessful in trying to win his side a penalty on 24 minutes when he went down easily in the area.
The chances kept coming as Jermaine Jones' 25-yard effort went just wide and Donovan took one touch too many before his shot was blocked in the area.
Klinsmann's men should have gone ahead on 32 minutes through Johnson.
Donovan's corner was perfectly placed and the Seattle Sounders forward, unmarked and rising uncontested, should have done better with his header but Corona held onto the save down low.
Mexico created an excellent chance of their own just before half-time through Dos Santos.
With the USA defence deciding to backpedal, Dos Santos had time and space on the edge of the area but his strike lacked power and direction and Howard made a good save.
Howard kept out Diego Reyes' header on the stroke of half-time as both teams went into the break without a goal despite their chances.
The hosts found the opener in the 49th minute thanks to Johnson and in similar fashion to the chance he failed to take in the first half.
Donovan's corner was again in a dangerous area and Johnson headed into an open goal after Corona came out and was caught in no man's land.
After an uneventful second half, the USA sealed the points in the 78th minute when Donovan tapped in at the back post after a Mikkel Diskerud cross.
It came after poor defending from Mexico, with a poor clearance particularly costly before Diskerud found space to set up the sealer and all but guarantee the USA a seventh straight World Cup appearance.
Dempsey won a penalty for the US in the dying moments but he blazed it wide and high.
|L. Donovan||78' 85'|
|Coach: J. Klinsmann|
for F. Johnson 46'
for E. Johnson 76'
for A. Bedoya 84'
|Juventus 2 Napoli 2 (aet, 5-6 on pens): Rafael´s shootout heroics seal victory|
|Ki has mixed feelings over Asian Cup|
|Lafita set for six-month lay-off with ligament injury|
|Dyche dismisses Ings exit speculation|
|Turkish Super Lig Review: Balikesirspor record rare win, Carlos bows out at Sivasspor|
|Freibug agree deals for Daehli and Petersen|
|Kampl set to join Dortmund|
|Al Shabab 1 Al Ain 1: Ahmad rescues late point for visitors|
|Blackpool chairman Oyston apologises for supporter spat|
|Flamini expects Arsenal to kick on|
|Brighton accept Hyypia resignation|
|FA charge Leeds defender Bellusci for alleged racist abuse|
|Uncapped Lee named in South Korea squad|
|Gutierrez makes Newcastle comeback|
|Ji to rejoin Augsburg from Dortmund|
|Holders ES Setif learn Champions League fate|
|Kraft extends Hertha deal|
|FIFA reform process ongoing - Blatter|
|Walsh: Leicester should stick with Pearson|
|Hodgson optimistic for England´s future|
|Milan chief Galliani targets Champions League|
|Hull recall Ince and Figueroa|
|Stranzl extends Gladbach stay|
|Redknapp not ruling out Morrison return|
|Barnes hopeful of keeping his place|
|Lambert hails ´outstanding´ Okore|
|Kramer pens Leverkusen extension|
|Lacazette will not rest on laurels|
|Hughes: Chelsea can win quadruple|
|Ramos: No rush on contract talks|
|Johnson: Derby winner one of my finest hours|
|Liverpool are turning the corner - Lallana|
|Juan credits Mancini for Inter revival|
|Allardyce eyeing London derby success|
|Juanfran targets new-year push|
|Long slams Southampton critics|
|Guidetti out, Griffiths in hints Deila|
|Spurs forward Kane targets 20 goals|
|Lyon fitness key to Bordeaux thrashing - Fournier|
|Santa Fe 1 Medellin 1 (agg 3-2): Hosts win Clausura title|
|Emelec 3 Barcelona 0 (4-1 agg): Bolanos brace seals title defence|
|Pioli: Lazio did not switch off|
|No Park in South Korea´s Asian Cup squad|
|Gignac: Marseille lead ´a huge boost´|
|Simeone applauds Griezmann´s hat-trick|
|Redknapp vows to keep QPR sharpshooter Austin|
|Santiago Wanderers 1 Palestino 6 (agg 2-9): 36-year drought ends for visitors|
|Juan Aurich 2 Sporting Cristal 3 (aet, agg 4-5): Chavez hands visitors Peruvian title|
|Liga del Futbol Profesional Boliviano Review: Bolivar win title|
|Mancini plays down Lennon transfer rumours|
|Ligue 1 Review: Marseille end 2014 top of the table, Lyon leapfrog PSG|
|Kovacic has mixed emotions after Inter draw|
|Serie A Review: Lazio go third despite Inter rally, Sampdoria held|
|La Liga Review: Griezmann the man for Atleti, Villarreal gain fifth straight win|
|Primeira Liga Review: Benfica win six straight|
|Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 4: Griezmann hat-trick seals comeback win|
|Inter 2 Lazio 2: Hosts rally to claim draw|
|McCoist makes Rangers exit|
|Sturridge on course for January return - Rodgers|
|Liverpool getting back on track, says Rodgers|
|Wenger bemoans failure to defend set-pieces|
|Bundesliga Review: Hoffenheim enjoy big win, Freiburg falter late on|
|Zorc: Dortmund to stick with Klopp|
|Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2: Bandaged Skrtel rescues a draw|
|I have no problem with Payet, insists Bielsa|
|Eredivisie Review: Ajax leave it late, Vitesse finally win|
|Pardew rues over-zealous Newcastle approach|
|Benitez hopeful ahead of Supercoppa|
|I nearly took Johnson off - Poyet|
|Johnson revels in derby late show|
|Juventus must maintain focus, warns Allegri|
|Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 1: Johnson settles derby|
|Carlos leaves Sivasspor post|
|Dundee United 2 Celtic 1: Ciftci inspires surprise win|
|Mourinho against use of independent panels|
|Hartlepool not interested in signing Evans|
|Reed delighted with first Southampton start|
|Bremen agree Oztunali loan|
|Irvine backs Ideye to end goal drought|
|Carrick backs Falcao to kick on|
|Dortmund will come back stronger, vows Klopp|
|Bojan senior slams Barcelona|
|Eredvisie title not won yet - Depay|
|Sterling eager to catch Arsenal cold|
|Monk: Ki will be sorely missed|
|Bruce looking to recall Hull duo from loan spells|
|Allardyce: Pearson deserves time|
|Sydney 0 Wellington Phoenix 2: Burns at the double|
|Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0: Spanish giants complete triumphant 2014|
|McCoist: Departures sucking life out of Rangers|
|Hargreaves urges Sterling to stay put|
|Herediano 1 Deportivo Saprissa 1 (agg 3-5): Draw hands visitors consecutive titles|
|Tribulietx basks in Auckland City´s heroics|
|San Lorenzo´s Bauza applauds Ancelotti|
|Wenger: Sanchez a Footballer of the Year candidate|
|Chelsea like United´s treble-winning team - Hargreaves|
|Ancelotti: Copa del Rey victory inspired Real´s stunning run|
|La Liga Review: Catalan clubs triumph|
|Milan on right track - Inzaghi|
|Estoril 1 Vitoria Guimaraes 0: Kleber checks visitors´ momentum|
|Eredivisie Review: PSV in Eagles demolition, AZ downed at home|
|Garcia fumes at missed handball|
|Serie A Review: 10-man Milan frustrate Roma, Cesena rescue point|
|Roma 0 Milan 0: Hosts denied despite Armero red|
|Ligue 1 Review: PSG held at home, Monaco claim fourth win in a row|
|Bundesliga Review: Bremen off bottom with Dortmund win, Augsburg beat Gladbach|
|Blanc frustrated after drab stalemate|
|League Two Review: Moore´s Hartlepool tenure begins with draw|
|Championship Review: Blackpool hit for six, Middlesbrough slip up|
|Luis Enrique enjoying Pedro´s resurgence|
|Scottish Premiership Review: Aberdeen move to second, St Mirren misery continues|
|Koeman delighted with clinical Southampton|
|Pochettino tips in-form Kane for England call-up|
|Dortmund are ´idiots´ - Klopp|
|Allardyce hails ´outstanding´ Downing|
|Young admitted fault after Agbonlahor dismissal, says Lambert|
|Pearson not concerned with speculation|
|Bruce: Hull simply not good enough|
|Everton must improve - Martinez|
|Irvine rues sloppy defending|
|Cruz Azul 1 Auckland City 1 (2-4 on pens): Plucky New Zealanders claim third|
|Austin an example for young strikers - Redknapp|
|Dyche takes pride in White Hart Lane defeat|
|Arabian Gulf League Review: Al Shabab strike late to sink Al Dhafra, top two win|
|Swansea win vindicated changes, says Monk|
|Van Gaal frustrated by dropped points at Villa|
|Paris Saint-Germain 0 Montpellier 0: Champions frustrated by Courbis´ men|
|League One Review: Wilson gains landmark win as Bristol City and Swindon falter|
|Hull City 0 Swansea City 1: Monk´s men celebrate rare away win|
|Southampton 3 Everton 0: Koeman´s side back to winning ways|
|Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1: Visitors held despite Agbonlahor dismissal|
|QPR 3 West Brom 2: Austin treble lifts hosts out of drop zone|
|Barcelona 5 Cordoba 0: Suarez opens Liga account in emphatic win|
|Tottenham 2 Burnley 1: Lamela stunner wins it for Spurs|
|West Ham 2 Leicester City 0: Carroll, Downing seal the points|
|Werder Bremen 2 Borussia Dortmund 1: Hosts off the bottom by adding to Klopp´s woes|
|Kerala Blasters 0 Atletico de Kolkata 1: Last-gasp Rafique seals inaugural title|
|Warnock fumes over disallowed goal|
|Pellegrini hails Silva quality|
|Betis announce Mel return|
|Huntelaar signs Schalke extension|
|Juventus v Napoli: Allegri backs Tevez to make difference|
|Stoke City v Chelsea: Mourinho calls for adaptability|
|Manchester City 3 Crystal Palace 0: Silva strikes twice as champions go joint-top|
|A-League Review: City snatch Melbourne derby honours, Glory pull further clear|
|Mancini: Inter can finish third|
|Sterling revels in Golden Boy award|
|Pellegrini: You never win a title in December|
|Rodgers bemoans Sanchez snub|
|Ayew confident Marseille can beat title rivals|
|Mercier: San Lorenzo won´t roll over to Real Madrid|
|Lukaku: I´m still 21|
|Mainz bemoan ´tragic´ loss to Bayern|
|Rojo ruled out for Villa trip|
|Lopetegui thrilled with Porto response|