It took only four minutes for England to shake off their pre-World Cup malaise and take the lead on the United States.
In the first real chance of the match, England worked through the U.S. defense to find Steven Gerrard, who slid a shot with the outside of his right boot under an oncoming Tim Howard for the first goal.
The play worked in from the right flank to Wayne Rooney, whose short, deflected pass to Emile Heskey was touched toward the spot for a running Gerrard. The midfielder ran through the space vacated by Oguchi Onyewu (who had come out to play Rooney) for an easy chance on Howard.
Ricardo Clark, trailing the play, was unable to track down Gerrard, who made it 1-0.