With the World Cup qualifying standings a mess, the U.S. national team has found a way to simplify things: win and win.
There are other ways the U.S. could reach the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but the Americans are fixating now on the route that sounds easiest but will be the most difficult.
If the Americans win their next two games, starting with a road test against Antigua and Barbuda on Friday night, they will move on no matter what happens in the other remaining Group A matchups.
Sputter in those games, though, and the Americans could be ousted long before anyone expected.
''I never had, as a player or as a coach, any issues with pressure,'' U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. ''We all have the highest expectations. I have the highest expectations for my own work. I'm very proud to have this opportunity, so I will do everything to give everything I have. And I know that if the players realize what this week is about, then we'll get the job done...