The USMNT got the job done.
It was harder than expected, and Jürgen Klinsmann's boys had to play most of the second half after DeAndre Yedlin was sent off shortly after the break, but the team held on and secured a berth in the Copa America quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Paraguay.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the game played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.
5. DeAndre Yedlin committed a huge mistake
DeAndre Yedlin had been one of the best players for the USMNT in the first two games of the Copa America, but he committed a huge mistake during the second half of this match. He received two yellow cards in less than two minutes, and was deservedly sent off. The US didn't miss him, but his absence will be a huge one in the quarterfinals.
4. Dempsey led the way during the first half
The Seattle Sounders star had another stellar display for the USMNT, scoring the only goal of the match and looking like a major threat every time he touched the ball in the final meters. Dempsey has two goals and two assists in three matches, and he's been the best player on the team during the group stage. Furthermore, he has scored 51 times for the USMNT, and is six behind Landon Donovan for the all-time lead in scoring.
3. John Brooks was the MVP for the USMNT
Even though Dempsey, Gyasi Zardes and Brad Guzan had very good games, the best player in this match for the USMNT was John Brooks. The 23-year-old center back has been very consistent for Klinsmann's team over the past few months, but he's taken his play to a whole new level in the Copa America. It wouldn't be strange to see the Hertha Berlin defender sign with a bigger team once the transfer window opens up next month.
2. The USMNT deserved the three points
USA had some problems during the second half when they were down to 10 men, but they ultimately deserved the three points. The American side looked much better during the first 45 minutes, and they showed enough experience to control the game and weather the storm when Paraguay was all out on the attack. It wasn't pretty, but the USMNT showed they can close things out when it matters the most. That's a huge step forward for the team.
1. The USMNT reached the quarterfinals for the second time in their Copa America history
This is USA's fourth participation in the Copa America, and this will be the second time they have reached the quarterfinals. Their best all-time result was a fourth place back in 1995, and there are chances they will at least repeat that result with a win in the next match. It will be tough, but the improvement the USMNT has shown over the past two matches can't be denied.