Kasey Keller says USA's heroics in the World Cup have finally buried their nightmare at France 98 - including the disastrous defeat against Iran.
Bruce Arena's men have enjoyed a stunning tournament so far and now face Germany in the quarter-finals on Friday after disposing of rivals Mexico in the second round.
Kasey described that victory as a 'huge shot in the arm' for the game in the US after the lows of France where they lost all three games to finish bottom of the group and lost 2-1 against Iran.
Kasey explained: "We needed that win against Mexico. We needed to push ourselves back up again and beat our local rivals.
"Let's face it, we screwed up in France," added Kasey, who played in that defeat against Iran. "Losing against Iran put us back a little.
"If we still hadn't qualified people would have said 'okay, just beat Iran'. That defeat hurt us a lot but beating Mexico erased all that.
"It is a huge rivalry and they've always had the upper hand, but perhaps the tide has changed."
The US's achievements so far have been reflected by a congratulatory call from President Bush and Spurs keeper Kasey reckons 'soccer' back home can only reap the benefits.
Kasey, on the bench so far this time around, added: "Basically we need the sport to be more mainstream.
"Our women's team have been great for the sport as well and we've had a lot of publicity from the World Cup, a phone call from the President - it can only help us.
"The MSL boomed in the first year but these things take time to settle. I want there to be a successful league when I'm 50 and I'd love my kids to have the chance to be professionals if they want to. What we're doing here has to help that."