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World Cup qualification now expected of the USA - Everton's Howard

Tim Howard believes the USA should expect to make the World Cup every time the tournament is staged.

The US have made it through to Brazil 2014 after beating Mexico 2-0 in Columbus on Tuesday night making it the seventh time in a row they have progressed to the finals of the quadrennial competition.

Following the success, goalkeeper Howard feels it is now a prerequisite for American soccer to be competing with the world's best despite it being another long road to the World Cup.

"Now it's expected of us, but it's never a guarantee," he told USsoccer.com.

"World Cup Qualifying is tense. It's always so tight. We said down in Honduras in February that it's going to come down to Matchday 8 or 9, which it always does.

"You can never really breathe a sigh of relief, but tonight we're able to do that."

As for the future, the Everton gloveman added: "We're young enough at the moment that the next six to eight months we're going to grow and get better.

"I like the mix with a lot of Mexican-American and German-Americans. It's a lot of young guys with some of us old guys.

"The mix is right and we just need to mature a little bit more and I feel good about our chances. But we'll see what the draw looks like."

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Andrew Slevison
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