United States captain Clint Dempsey has ordered his teammates not to be satisfied with merely qualifying for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Dempsey led the U.S. throughout a hugely successful campaign that culminated Tuesday night in a 2-0 victory over Mexico and a spot among the world's best 32 teams with two games to spare. However, the Seattle Sounders forward still nurses bitter memories of a dismal 2006 World Cup and even a 2010 tournament in which the Americans faltered in the round of 16 after dramatically topping their group.
"The job is not done now," Dempsey said. "It is one thing to qualify for the World Cup, but we will be sitting here talking about something different if we don't get out of our group. Everybody will be devastated.
"It would be nice to go on a nice run in a World Cup. That is something I haven't got to experience. That is what we are looking at now, to aim for that and not settle for what we've had in the past."
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