SEATTLE - Jozy Altidore continued his scoring blitz with a goal in his third straight match, Eddie Johnson thrilled his home club fans with a goal in the 53rd minute, and the United States seized first place in its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Panama on Tuesday.

Altidore scored in the 36th minute on a perfect cross from Fabian Johnson, moments after a potential penalty kick for the Americans was denied.

Eddie Johnson then gave the U.S. some cushion when he collected Geoff Cameron's pass over the top of Panama's defense and slid a left-footed shot past Jaime Penedo less than 10 minutes into the second half.

The Americans (3-1-1) are two points clear of Costa Rica (2-2-1) and Mexico (1-0-5), who played to a 0-0 tie in Mexico City on Tuesday.

The U.S. will host Honduras next Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah.

FC Tucson wins

Five different players scored as FC Tucson took a 2-0 halftime lead en route to a 5-1 victory over the California Seahorses in La Mirada, Calif., on Tuesday night.

Isaac Ikyurav, Ricardo Velazco and Dakota Collins scored for FC Tucson, while substitutes Aaron Long and Gabriel Silveira also had goals.

FC Tucson (3-2-3), which is 2-0-1 against the Seahorses this season, will host Real Phoenix on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Kino Sports Complex North Field No. 5.

Up next

• What: USA vs. Honduras

• Where: Sandy, Utah

• When: 6 p.m. Tuesday


Includes material from a news release