Si, absolutely. But they still need a bit of help, even if they grab all three points.
If the US wins on Tuesday night in Ohio, then they qualify for the 2014 World Cup as long as Honduras gets a win or a draw at home on Tuesday against Panama. If Panama wins, however, then we have to put the official celebrations on hold for a few more weeks at least.
If the US draws against Mexico, then they clinch a World Cup spot with a win over Jamaica on Oct. 11 in Kansas City. Simple as that. (But there’s no scenario under which the US qualifies on Tuesday with a draw.)
But a loss to Mexico … opens up a whole slew of possibilities in terms of qualifying for Brazil or (wince) not making it to South America.
We’ll cross that bridge if we get there. Which, hopefully, we won’t.