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October 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Eddie Johnson starts — and stars — for USA in World Cup qualifier at Antigua & Barbuda

UPDATE: And what do you know, Johnson scores both goals, including a winner in the 90th minute, to lead the USA to a dramatic 2-1 road win.

That was a huge boost to the team’s World Cup qualifying hopes and gives Johnson 10 career goals in qualifying, which is tied for second best in USMNT history with Brian McBride.

Martinez went 80 minutes for Honduras in a 0-0 tie with Panama. Johansson did not play for Sweden in a 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands.

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I’ll be heading out of town shortly for a friend’s wedding this weekend, but I wanted to get a post up that can serve as an open thread for tonight’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Surely most attention will go to the U.S. men’s national team’s 4 p.m. game at Antigua & Barbuda, and we just learned that Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson will be in the starting lineup (as a midfielder?).

Coach Sigi Schmid offered this preview after Friday’s practice:

“The U.S. has qualified for every World Cup now since 1990, so you don’t want to break that string for sure,” he said. “Places like Antigua are difficult to play because of the field conditions and so forth. It makes the game a little more difficult, but it’s something that you’ve got to figure out a way to manage and still get a result. Everybody’s got to go there in that group and play there. So getting three points tonight makes the game on Tuesday (versus Guatemala) a lot easier. So that’s important for the U.S. to move on.”

Remember, Mario Martinez and Honduras also play a big qualifier tonight in Panama at 7 p.m.

Seattle defender Adam Johansson did not play in a Sweden’s slim 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in a qualifier earlier this morning.

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