COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 29: Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States Men’s National Team, Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States Men’s National Team and Michael Bradley #4 of the United States Men’s National Team celebrate a goal against Guatemala during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier on March 29, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Guatemala 4-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

WATCH: Dempsey gets 50th career goal after Wood earns PK for USMNT

The United States men’s national team faced a win or go home scenario in its second Group A match against CONCACAF rival Costa Rica.

It took just eight minutes for things to get real interesting, as Bobby Wood earned a clear penalty kick after being shoved from behind by a Costa Rica player.

Up stepped the venerable Clint Dempsey, who calmly slotted home the penalty kick for a 1-0 lead for the USMNT. It also just so happened to be the magic 50th goal of his international career too.

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