The United States defeated Jamaica on September 11 to avoid being put on the brink of not qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
The victory moved them to the top of the group alongside Guatemala and Jamaica with seven points. The U.S. and Guatemala currently hold the top two positions with a better goal differential than Jamaica.
Jamaica's upset of the U.S. in Kingston in early September forced the U.S. to step up their game. The Americans were supposed to roll through this stage, but now they find themselves having to work hard to advance to the next stage of qualification.
October 12 and 16 will mark the next two qualification matches for the U.S. against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala respectively.
Here are four ways the Americans can get a stranglehold on the opposition and easily top the group.