United States coach Bob Bradley insists his hard-working team can make history by going all the way to the World Cup final.
The USA's prize for winning Group C is a second round clash with Ghana on Saturday, at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg.
Milan Rajevac's Black Stars are the sole surviving African side in the tournament and will have a continent behind them against USA.
But Bradley is confident that his players can not only beat Ghana, but go one better than the 1930 USA side who came third at the inaugural World Cup.
"If we continue to build on the successes so far we can go to the end. That's what it is all about, but that has to be balanced with a concentration on each game.
"We try hard not to get ahead of ourselves but at the same time everybody has this idea that if everybody gives their best effort, if everybody puts everything they have into it and if things go our way then we can travel far.''
Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey have recovered from rib and facial injuries respectively and Bradley has few worries ahead of a match they clinched with a stoppage-time winner against Algeria from Donovan. The manager also rejects any notion they do not play thrilling football.
"We have shown an ability to move the ball quickly and intelligently. We have some individuals who have made the special plays you need to win championships. We are a team that works hard, is disciplined and is creative at the right moments.''
Meanwhile, Ghana, who knocked the USA out with a 2-1 win in the final match of the group phase four years ago, were boosted by the news defenders John Mensah and Jonathan Mensah have recovered from injuries but Isaac Vorsah is ruled out.
Black Stars defender Samuel Inkoom also revealed Fulham's John Pantsil had been supplying information about his clubmate, one of America's key men, Dempsey. He also insisted they were playing for the entire continent.
"All of the African countries will be supporting us and we are not going to disgrace them,'' Inkoom said. "We are going to make them happy. We are the African hope now and we are not going to disappoint them. We are going to win.''