The US take on Costa Rica in San Jose on Friday in the CONCACAF hexagonal stage and a win could see them move five points clear of the second-placed Los Ticos.
LA Galaxy ace Donovan says it would be perfect to get World Cup qualification wrapped up swiftly but knows the US side does not need to stress as their form has been solid this year as they prepare to also take on Mexico in Columbus four days after the Costa Rica clash.
“The hardest thing to do in this whole process is finish it off. Everybody is playing each other along the way and you’re picking up points along the way, but when it gets down to the end and you need points to qualify, the stakes get raised,” he told USsoccer.com.
“There’s more pressure, and there can be more tension. What I would emphasize is to just continue on the path we’ve been on. This team is in such good form right now. The confidence is so high.
“The camaraderie is really good in the group. We don’t need to worry about external stuff and just focus on playing because we’re talented enough and we have a good enough team that we can get results in these next couple games and we can be celebrating in a really big way Tuesday night.”