The U.S. national team moved one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, using two huge goals by Eddie Johnson to power past Argentina 2-1. In Johnson’s first game back with Team USA since 2010, he scored twice, with his biggest goal of the night coming in injury time to give the American’s their victory and move them a step closer to the Finals.
”It’s good to be back in the mix,” Johnson said. ”Going into this game the coach has a ton of confidence in me to put me wide out on the wing.”
Should Team USA win their match against Guatemala on Tuesday, they’d advance to the final round of the CONCACAF qualifying. A win there would guarantee the American’s a spot in the 2014 World Cup.
It was almost a cinematic setting, as rain was falling hard throughout the match, glistening off the players and glittering in the lights of the stadium. Johnson scored his first goal in the 20th minute, a header fed by Graham Zusi. Argentina struck right back and the match was deadlocked the rest of the way through regulation. But as injury time was running out, Johnson scored a crucial and game-winning goal to not only signal a win for the American’s but to signal that even though he hasn’t played for the national team since 2010, the rust has been officially shaken off.