The USA Team did not "escape" preliminary pressure--they persevered.
Entering the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the USA Team was branded everything from underdogs and dark horses, to long shots and little guys.
Whether or not they truly are David's among Goliath's remains in the hands of the soccer gods.
But one thing is undeniable: the USA team refuses to back down.
Their victory against Algeria, which effectively won them Group C honors and advanced them to the Round of 16, made a roaring statement.
The USA team truly showed their temperament and backbone as they suffered through poor officiating; a win was taken from them last week against Slovenia, and had another goal disallowed Wednesday by a linesman.
But ceaseless focus, teamwork, and power of mind and body elevated the Americans to the next level of competition.
In order to be a threat, five American soccer players must dig deep, bare down, and play the best soccer of their lives to turn the American dream into a reality.