The US got going quickly with Alejandro Bedoya nearly setting up a goal for the US in the 49th minute after he ran onto a long ball on the right and sent a low cross that Eddie Johnson couldn't quite get to.
Turns out it was a preview of sorts.
Minutes later the US earned a corner kick and Johnson would not be denied as he out-jumped two defenders and powered a header past Jose de Jesus Corona to make it 1-0.
The US had looked good on set pieces in the first half but things just hadn't quite clicked. Considering Eddie Johnson's recent propensity for these types of goals, the stage was certainly set for him to score.
Mexico are now in serious trouble with 40 minutes left to go. Will they fold or step-up?