Luca De La Torre insists it's time his US U20 squad gets down to business in the U20 World Cup after his last gasp goal rescued a point against Ecuador.
They ended up drawing the game 3-3, with the Fulham man setting up Josh Sargent for his first goal while he showed ice cold composure to smash home the equaliser in the last minute of injury time in their Group F game in South Korea yesterday.
He celebrates his 19th birthday today and Fulham have high hopes for the midfielder after seeing Ryan Sessegnon and Dennis Adeniran make senior appearances this season and will be pleased by his performance for his home country yesterday.
The US still have to play Senegal and Saudi Arabia, and De La Torre insists that the draw felt like a win and they can really get down to business now.
He told FIFA.Com: It’s not really a matter of being calm or not, it just came to me, you hit it and it goes in.
"At half-time, we felt like, despite being 2-1 down, that we were the better team and we knew that if we came out and played well that the game was ours to win.
"Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but we still showed that we deserved to win the game, in the end.
"We’re mentally strong. You can’t count us out of anything. It doesn’t matter if we’re 4-0 down, we’ll still have a chance of coming back.
"It felt similar to our first game of qualifying against Panama where we lost 1-0 against a ten-man side. I feel like you only get one of those in a tournament, and if you take a second one and have a second game like this, then you’re out.
"We took one of those games in qualifying, but we ended up winning the whole tournament. We’ve taken our tough game now. It’s down to business."