The U.S. did what it had to do and won on home turf, says Marc Connolly.
Halfway through the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. leads Group 1 with five points, but the team faces its toughest road test in this stage with a match vs. El Salvador on Oct. 9.
It's crucial for the U.S. to get maximum points against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxboro.
The United States' ability to play for each other and sacrifice for the team was on full display in the Americans' 2-1 victory over Brazil in the 2004 gold medal match.
Jonny Walker's experience from playing in South America has prepared him for big matches and earned him a spot in the U.S. goalie pool.