Fulham and USMNT attacker Clint Dempsey say the US is not daunted by the rematch with legendary Brazil in the Confederations Cup final.
After Dempsey and the United States lost to Brazil last week, even the most optimistic American soccer fan would have had trouble foreseeing the US team reaching the semifinals of the competition, let alone the final.
But following a combination of a resounding win over Egypt, plus Italy losing to Brazil and now an upset win over world number one Spain, the USMNT now stands on the cusp of winning its first ever FIFA tournament.
A rematch with perennial favorite Brazil awaits for Dempsey and his teammates who are anxious for another shot at the reigining Copa America champions.
"Everyone is happy after beating Spain and now we get another chance to play Brazil," Dempsey told YA. "I think we are all looking forward to the next game."
The native of Nacogdoches, Texas admitted that he and his teammates knews the odds were very long of advancing entering the Egypt match, but that their hard work would prevail in the end.
"We knew it was a longshot, but you just never know. We worked hard and the results went our way," continued the Cottager. "We carried that same mentality into the Spain game and hope to carry that into the final against Brazil."
Dempsey was a member of the US 2006 World Cup team that bowed out in the group stage which reinforced to the notion that the Red, White and Blue was not yet ready to make the step up towards being one of the world's elite teams.
Now after beating the reigning European champions as a major underdog, the former Furman Paladin understands the importance of bringing US Soccer into the world's limelight.
"It's a huge win for US Soccer. We are in the final of a FIFA compeititon for the first time ever and it makes it all the more sweeter that no one expected us to be here," Dempsey grinned.
"We fought hard and showed alot of heart. We are excited to be playing in the final but we'll still be humble."
Dempsey and the US square off on Sunday in the final versus five-time World Cup Champions Brazil at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.