FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty was delighted to have won his first USA national team cap after representing his nation at U20 and U23 level.
The 22-year old came on as a late substitute in the 1-0 loss to Slovakia in Bratislava on Saturday and was thrilled after the match despite going down.
"It was incredible. Obviously it wasn't the result myself or the team was looking for. Slovakia is a good team. They're tough to play against and they keep it pretty compact defensively," McCarty said.
"For a midfielder like myself, it was a good game to go into because they were dropping back and giving us space to play.
"Unfortunately, when we got to the final third today, we had trouble creating good quality chances. At the end of the day, it was a really good experience and I'm glad to get it out of the way."