The U.S. Men's soccer team defeated Guatemala 3-1 Tuesday night in Kansas City to advance to the semi-finals in the qualifying rounds for the 2014 World Cup.
Clint Dempsey starred for the U.S. The forward scored two goals and assisted on the other goal.
"It helps your confidence to get a couple of goals," Dempsey said to the Huffington Post.
The Americans needed only a tie to guarantee their advancement. However, even that was in jeopardy after relinquishing a goal to the Guatemalans just five minutes into the game. The U.S. squad proved resilient from that point, scoring three goals in the next 43 minutes to secure the victory.
"With every game, you try to earn respect," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said to the New York Times. "You want to just always make statements. You want to send statements, and say, 'Hey, we are ready for whoever comes in.' "