Five talking points from the US national team's 2-0 win over their arch rivals in San Antonio.
Jordan Morris a definite prospect
A college sophomore at Stanford, Morris was a surprise starter on the night over the likes of Chris Wondolowksi and Juan Agudelo but the three-time capped striker soon justified his selection.
Impressing with his strength and speed up top, the Washington-native made the crucial breakthrough for the US four minutes after the break, rifling in a blocked shot to open the scoring with his first international goal.
Having netted just four times in 15 games for Stanford last season, there have been a fair few people questioning his recent call-ups but, judging from his latest showing, the Seattle Sounders prospect could have a bright future in MLS and for the national team.
Juan Agudelo's back
Forced to settle for a spot on the bench, Agudelo took just eight minutes to grab his first US goal since 2011 after replacing Morris in the 65th-minute, scoring with a sublime first touch and shot to seal his side another “dos-a-cero” result.
After netting on his international debut in 2010, aged just 17, the striker looked set for a huge future with the States but, despite few doubting his talent, living up to his billing has so far proved a slow process.
The work permit issues with cost him his move to Stoke and a place in the World Cup squad proved somewhat of a career setback but, now back in MLS with the New England Revolution, the Colombian front man seems primed to embed himself in Klinsmann’s plans moving forward.
If he had just been there in Brazil, perhaps things could have been different for the Altidore-deprived States.
DeAndre Yedlin's place shouldn't be in doubt
With Eintracht Frankfurt’s Timothy Chandler unavailable, Yedlin got the start at right-back on Wednesday night and proceeded to show just why he should be Klinsmann’s first-choice.
The Tottenham Hotspur defender’s recent US performances have come in for some criticism but, after being benched for the past two European friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland, he looked much-improved versus Mexico.
Showcasing better fitness and his usual attacking prowess, the promising speedster looked bright for the full 90 minutes and even impressed in defence, making four tackles, seven clearances, three interceptions and a blocked shot.
With Chandler continuing to disappoint in a US shirt, despite earning solid reviews with his club side, there should be little doubt over who gets the first shot to start at the summer’s Gold Cup.
Kyle Beckerman's best
Beckerman is set to turn 33 later this month but the Real Salt Lake skipper shows no signs of slowing down, proving last night that he remains Klinsmann’s best holding midfield option.
His performance wasn’t his best in a US shirt distribution-wise, due to some questionable first-half turnovers, but the dreadlocked veteran still did an excellent job shielding the back-four with his positioning and tough tackling.
Columbus Crew starlet Wil Trapp remains his obvious heir apparent but, until Beckerman’s legs go for good, there’s little reason for Klinsmann to stop picking him.
The US have long-been famed for their strong goalkeeping pool and their current crop is enough to make other countries envious.
Even with Tim Howard on sabbatical and Brad Guzan unavailable, Klinsmann could still call on veteran Nick Rimando to guard the net against Mexico, before replacing him at half-time with the latest addition to the group, Leon’s William Yarbrough.
2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Bill Hamid didn’t even get on the pitch on the night, while fellow domestic-based custodian Sean Johnson now looks to be sixth-choice on the depth chart.
There are numerous emerging options, too, in Alex Bono, Cody Cropper, Tyler Deric, Jon Kempin and Zack Steffen, who could all break into the picture down the road.