USA finished top dogs in CONCACAF qualifying for the world finals, and will be followed to South Africa by old rivals Mexico and hopeful Honduras.
Sadness and resignation: just two of the emotions discussed in the Costa Rican media after the national team's play-off defeat against Uruguay.
Oscar Tabarez says his Uruguay side will improve considerably ahead of South Africa 2010 following their narrow play-off victory against Costa Rica.
The list of qualified teams for South Africa 2010 was completed by Uruguay, who edged out play-off opponents Costa Rica 2-1 on aggregate.
Uruguay have a FIFA World Cup™ berth within their grasp as they welcome play-off rivals Costa Rica to Montevideo but the visitors can draw hope from history as they seek to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
Uruguay hold the advantage in their South Africa 2010 play-off against Costa Rica but defender Diego Godin says there is still hard work ahead.