The United States defeated Mexico 2-0 here on the strength of goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan to clinch a berth in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
After a scoreless first half, the United States got the first goal in the 49th minute of Tuesday night's game when Johnson headed in a corner kick off the foot of Donovan.
The second came a half-hour later, when a pass from Mikkel Diskerud traveled along the goal line past Mexican goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona and found Donovan, who booted it home from point-blank range.
The match was a crucial one for Mexico, who fired head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre on Saturday after a stunning 2-1 defeat at home the night before against Honduras and replaced him with Luis Fernando Tena.
Mexico came out aggressively against the United States, dominating ball possession for the first 25 minutes and creating goal-scoring opportunities.
But it was all downhill from there for El Tri, as the heat and humidity on the field seemed to sap the Mexican squad's energy and the United States gradually began to control play in midfield.
With the win, the United States ensured itself a spot in the World Cup for the seventh straight time.
For Mexico, meanwhile, the loss plunged it further into crisis, with the squad now three points behind third-place Honduras in The Hex, as the six-team final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup is known.
Only three teams earn automatic berths for the World Cup out of CONCACAF qualifying, while the fourth-place country - a position jointly occupied by Mexico and Panama - will have to win a home-away series against New Zealand to secure passage to Brazil.
Mexico's final two CONCACAF World Cup qualifying contests will be a home match against Panama on Oct. 11 and an away match against Costa Rica on Oct. 15. EFE