Eddie Johnson's Soaring Header Calmed Nerves, Gave U.S. a Lead over Mexico

Eddie Johnson recently shaved off his “Demolition Man” blonde locks. It hasn’t diminished his ability to head the ball.

Johnson scored via a header off a corner kick early in the second half to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead over Mexico in their World Cup qualifier in Columbus. The score also calmed some frayed nerves. For all the build-up for this match, most of the red, white and blue-clad crowd in Crew Stadium seemed to be quite nervy following a scoreless first half which saw Tim Howard pressed to make a number of diving saves.

Fans watching on couches around the country were probably a little nervous, too.

It should be noted Mexico keeper Jesus Corona might have done a little better to stop Johnson’s header. The only reason Johnson started Tuesday was because Jozy Altidore was suspended. Johnson made the most, again, of his opportunities in a U.S. shirt. (He later left in the 75th minute with a possible head injury.)

Most important: another “Dos a cero” final scoreline is back in play. The U.S. can qualify for the World Cup with a win and a Honduras win or draw over Panama.

You know Jurgen wants to party in Brazil.


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