- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 11, 2009

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras | The U.S. soccer team is headed to South Africa for a chance to redeem itself in the World Cup.

Conor Casey scored his first two international goals in the second half, Landon Donovan added another and the United States clinched its sixth straight World Cup berth with a game to spare by rallying past Honduras 3-2 on Saturday night.

In a thrilling end-to-end match, the Americans grabbed a 3-1 lead before Julio Cesar De Leon’s second goal of the game.

Carlos Pavon had a chance to tie the score following a hand ball in the penalty area by Jonathan Spector. But Pavon put his penalty kick over the crossbar in the 87th minute, then fired high on an open header from in front in the 89th.

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