Michael Bradley quickly moved on from USA's World Cup qualifying loss to Honduras on Wednesday.
The US were beaten 2-1 in San Pedro Sula after taking the lead through Clint Dempsey before Juan Carlos Garcia and Jerry Bengtson helped Catrachos rally to take top spot in the hexagonal phase of CONCACAF's final qualifying for Brazil 2014.
Roma midfielder Bradley, although disappointed with the result, was remaining positive as there are still nine matches remaining in the stage.
"It's not the way we wanted to start but it's a long road. Nobody on our end expects to go 10-0-0 and that's the reality," he said.
"There are six good teams, tough stadiums to play in and tough atmospheres. We have to continue to keep a strong mentality, continue to have the confidence and continue to believe that over ten games our quality will come out and that mentality will ride us through.
"When you're playing in a situation like this where points are on the line you never want to start with zero, but you can't panic. There are nine more games to go, we get a home game next and we have to look at things, improve things and know that the three points in the next game are crucial."
The USA will now prepare for the March 22 clash with Costa Rica in Houston before heading to the Azteca Stadium to meet group favourites Mexico four days later.