The USA produced a breakthrough win against the Germans Sunday, but it will mean little if the team doesn't follow it up with three strong Hexagonal performances.WASHINGTON -- Sunday was a special day for the U.S. national team. In front of a sellout crowd at the venerable RFK Stadium, the team celebrated the U.S. Federation's 100th anniversary in style with a 4-3 win over Germany.
It was a day nobody involved will soon forget. For the Yanks however, that is exactly what they must do now.
After all, the game was only a friendly. The events that unfold over the next 16 days will determine if it was a stepping stone to Hexagonal success, or another false dawn in Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure as head coach.
"We have to make sure we get the job done in these next three games," Clint Dempsey told reporters after the win. "Whether we would have won these two friendlies, not won these two friendlies, it all matters what we do in these next three games. That's what it's all about and we have to take care of business."
The U.S. begins its three-match World Cup qualifying run against Jamaica in Kingston on Friday. Klinsmann used Sunday's game as preparation for facing the Reggae Boyz, as the steamy conditions in the nation's capital replicated what the team will likely face in the Caribbean.
Though he could have removed some of his stars in the second half, Klinsmann opted to leave them in, as the likes of Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones all played the full match.
"We talked about maybe giving somebody a little bit of a rest, but I said 'No we've got to go a little bit further,' because that's what you face when you go down to Jamaica," Klinsmann said.
"Looking to the qualifiers, it helps the players see that they can go that tempo, and that's why I didn't want to stop too early. I wanted them to go to a little bit of pain," the former Germany boss added.
Following the match at Jamaica, the U.S. will return home for a game against Panama in Seattle on June 11, and will then face Honduras in Salt Lake City on June 18.
"Now the road gets long and so morale, motivation, feel-good factor, that's going to play a huge role," U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard told reporters. "I don't think it can be understated because going down to Jamaica isn't going to be easy."
Though the U.S. won against a depleted Germany side, an emphatic victory against a European power will be a major confidence boost headed into the games that really count.
“It gives you confidence, any time you have confidence from a win it puts more wind in your sails," Dempsey said. "You feel by getting a result against a team like this that you can go down and get the job done in these games in CONCACAF.”