Jozy Altidore scored in his third consecutive match to spark the United States to a 2-0 victory over Panama and into the CONCACAF hexagonal lead on Tuesday night. (Match Highlights here)
The U.S. holds a two-point lead over Costa Rica (2-2-1, 8 pts.) and Mexico (1-5-0, 8 pts.), who played to a scoreless draw in Mexico City earlier in the night.
The Americans, who are unbeaten (22-2-0) in home qualifiers since losing to Honduras on Sept. 1, 2001 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., host Los Catrachos (2-1-2, 7 pts.) in Sandy, Utah next Tuesday. Panama plays at Costa Rica the same day.