When the final whistle sounded on the U.S. national team’s 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday, players rushed off the bench to embrace the starters near the midfield circle.
Clint Dempsey, who scored the only U.S. goal, exchanged a hug and a handshake with defender John Brooks, who prevented two Paraguayan goals. Gyasi Zardes, who set up Dempsey’s score with a dart of a pass, shared a smile and an embrace with Darlington Nagbe.
And Coach Juergen Klinsmann moved briskly through the circle, grabbing and congratulating anyone wearing a U.S. jersey.
With the victory, combined with Colombia’s loss to Costa Rica later Saturday, Klinsmann’s team won...