There wasn't much pretty about it, except for the whole qualifying for the World Cup bit. That was real nice.
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Not that it really matters who qualified when, but with a little help from our Honduran and Panamanian friends, the U.S. became the eighth team in the world to book its ticket to Brazil 2014.
Tim Howard, 8 - He was exactly what he needed to be: calming and all-business, especially when Mexico ratcheted up a little pressure. The saves he made weren't as easy as they looked and his willingness to play the ball out of the back early on gave the U.S. space going forward.
Fabian Johnson, 5 - Fluffed a handful of would-be final balls and simple combinations while otherwise looking uncomfortable and hesitant for nearly all of his 45 minutes. His 42nd-minute sombrero was enjoyable, but he appeared to pull his hamstring on the play, and that was the end of his uninspiring night.
Clarence Goodson, 7.5 - Won everything that came his way in the air. If every team played flat crosses and static long balls like Mexico did tonight, Goodson would be world class. He was also instrumental on Eddie Johnson's two chances off corner kicks, drawing defenders away from the play.
Omar Gonzalez, 8 - Did everything Goodson did and then some. Gonzalez was a crucial relief of Mexican pressure, showing little hesitation to take what space he could find and making the American midfielders' jobs that much easier.
DaMarcus Beasley, 7 - Pretty much shut down Gio dos Santos. What more did you want from him? He provided much-needed width in the attacking half and he knicked the ball away from Mexican attackers several times in the second half to either key counter attacks to the corner or cycle the ball back into crucial clock-killing possession. He did almost score on himself though.
Alejandro Bedoya, 6.5 - Fab Johnson's shakiness undermined his first-half performance, but he continued to keep Mexico honest with well-timed runs. He couldn't match the impact Landon Donovan was having on the opposite flank, but as one of the more active players in an often-stagnant game, Bedoya did plenty well enough in his World Cup Qualifying debut.
Jermaine Jones, 7 - He made just two stupid plays. Beyond that, he was a veteran where one was needed most and a critical outlet for the back line. Jones played within himself while still forcing the issue when Mexico conceded space. When he doesn't try to be something he's not, Jones is a terrifically useful midfield engine.
Kyle Beckerman, 6.5 - Cool as could be holding down the midfield fort under prolonged but predictable pressure and even managed some dangerous balls over the top. Performances like these may earn him a trip to Brazil next summer.
Landon Donovan, 7 - Wasn't his menacing, Mexicutioning self. But, his presence opened up the field for teammates, the service on Eddie Johnson's goal was textbook and his run for the second goal was too.
Clint Dempsey, 7 - Faded in and out of the game while quietly tracking back wherever he was needed. Clearly lacking for fitness, Dempsey was massive in killing off the game. And while I doubt it's true, the fans in the Columbus stands sang that he missed that penalty on purpose.
Eddie Johnson, 7 - It's almost unfair to give him points for the respect Mexico gave him, but the space his speed opened up in the middle of the field gave the U.S. a foothold in a patchy first half. Holdup play was OK. His decision-making is still a step too slow at times for a world-class game, but this was no such thing. If not for a good save by Jesus Corona, we'd be talking about an Eddie Johnson brace tonight.
Michael Parkhurst, 6 - Contained dos Santos when the Mexican No. 10 switched flanks and while Parkhurst provided little going forward, he didn't need to. In fact, he made Beasley better in the second frame. That's what teammates are for.
Mix Diskerud, 7.5 - That self-flick for the assist - which was also a nasty touch - pretty much sums it up. Diskerud did what he needed to, wanted to and helped seal the game with the scoreline you always wanted.
Graham Zusi, NR - Quiet. And that's OK.
Jurgen Klinsmann, 7.5 - Diskerud made him look really smart. In fact, all the subs were fully sensible and played their roles to a T. And while the opening was a little nervy, this was always going to be a game of weathering raw emotions and his squad did that perfectly. I had serious doubts that he'd have the team qualifying, but much respect, Mexischarfrichter.
- Jacob Klinger