They finish on top of Group A. DeAndre Yedlin was shown red card forcing the US to play the final 42 minutes of regulation and six minutes of stoppage time down a man, but it did not stop the US from reaching the last eight. They will now play one of Brazil, Ecuador or Peru in Seattle on Thursday (9:30pm ET; FS1, UniM?s) with a place in the semifinals on the line.
"This is a huge statement to teams in South America or whoever watches it on TV," Klinsmann said. "This team has fantastic spirit, they have character."
The wins under pressure against Costa Rica and Paraguay have given a golden chance to the US to make a real impact in the tournament. US Coach Juergen Klinsmann will love to see his side reach the semi-final and perhaps even winning the title.
It's a far cry from the mounting panic that accompanied a 2-0 tournament-opening loss to Colombia. The goal for us was always to take these three games and manage our way through them," said US captain Michael Bradley. "Obviously there's no telling exactly how things go. You prepare a tournament in the best possible way. Everyone wants to get off to a good start. Not everybody does. In those moments, it's the reaction, the mentality to respond in a good way," he added.
"What heart these guys showed tonight, going a man down and playing for 45 minutes and staying compact and just battling for each other," said American striker Dempsey, who is now six goals (51) behind Landon Donovan on the all-time list.