It wasn't stylish, it wasn't pretty and it sure wasn't over until the final whistle blew, but the United States exacted its revenge Tuesday night, winning 1-0 over Jamaica in a pivotal World Cup qualifying match.
Coming off an absolutely heartbreaking—and I'd say embarrassing—1-0 loss to Jamaica four days prior, the United States national team had to win and grab three points to have a legitimate shot at advancing through to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.
The Americans looked dominant in the first half, holding the ball for more than 80 percent of the game. But shot after shot hit the woodwork.
That is until Herculez Gomez scored on a free kick in the 55th minute to put the U.S. ahead, a lead the Jamaicans would never recover from.
The United States, Jamaica and Guatemala are now all tied in their CONCACAF qualifying group with seven points each. With each having two more matches to play, it'll be incredibly important for the Americans not to sit on their laurels and stay hungry for matches against Guatemala and Antigua and Barbuda in October.
But what did Tuesday night's thrilling 1-0 victory teach Jurgen Klinsmann & Co. and what of it can they carry into next month's qualifiers?
Join me as I present the five things we learned about the U.S. men's national team and what it means concerning their chances of qualifying for Brazil in 2014.