The United States men's national soccer team might have frustrated some spectators after their opening round loss to Colombia but they put any doubt of an early exit to bed after their 4-0 walloping over Costa Rica in their match on Tuesday.
Clint Dempsey opened the game up with a penalty goal and Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood followed up with a score each as the Americans put up three goals on their rivals from the CONCACAF, Los Ticos.
From there it was smoother sailing for Dempsey and company in the second half after Graham Zusi put in the dagger in the later stages for the fourth goal.
After that win, the US, ranked No. 29 by FIFA heading into the tournament, had upset the No. 25 team by FIFA in Los Ticos.
Now, after Colombia topped Paraguay on Tuesday in a 2-1 decision to go up 2-0 in the group stage, the Americans will have to defeat Paraguay in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
The way that Jurgen Klinsmann's squad performed in their second game, against a very defensive minded Costa Rica team, with the exact same lineup and formation, became evident of what they are capable of achieving.
Credit to Colombia for being a powerhouse. They are ranked No. 4 by FIFA. Yeah, that is in the world.
After more time together on the pitch, the lineup for the Americans finally seemed to click. The team’s confidence had nearly peaked as opposed to the prior game.
It was after the first goal from Dempsey that the team began to play like they had lifted a big monkey off their backs.
They pressed down on the pedal and never budged, scoring two difficult goals in simple fashion from Jones and Wood, sending fans off the walls with enthusiasm.
I know I was.
The excitement of soccer here in the States is really unique. The USMNT looks like a capable team that could and should advance into the knockout stage.
If the Americans can possibly pull off a win in their next contest to secure their spot in the quarterfinal rounds then there is no telling what this team could do. Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe are worthy of some time out on the pitch, perhaps if Bedoya won't be as healthy to go this weekend. We all should trust Klinsmann and know that he will make the best decision for the team and game.
The next game for the Americans is at 4 p.m. Saturday.