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October 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Eddie Johnson records winning assist as USA beats Guatemala, advances in qualifying

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Eddie Johnson put in another fine performance for the U.S. national team Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Guatemala in FIFA World Cup qualifying.

The Sounders FC forward produced the winning assist on a goal by Clint Dempsey (posted above) and a handful of other good moments in his 89 minutes of action, which all but ensured he won’t play Wednesday night versus Real Salt Lake.

Dempsey finished with two goals and an assist as the U.S. advanced to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying — often referred to as The Hexagonal.

Carlos Bocanegra scored the other goal, his 14th for the USMNT, which ties him with Johnson for 10th in team history. Dempsey has 10 career goals in qualifying, which tied him with Johnson and Brian McBride for second in team history behind Landon Donovan‘s 12.

The final six teams in CONCACAF qualifying are the U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama. The top three will advance to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The fourth enters a playoff with the top team from the Oceania region.

Overall, Johnson finished with two goals and an assist over two games in his recent call-up. He factored in both winning goals and looked to firmly place himself as a key figure on the national team going forward, whether that’s as a consistent starter or not. Certainly his effectiveness playing out wide will help, as well.

Johnson’s night also capped a great weekend for Sounders on international duty, which you can read more about here.

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