Brad Evans believes his recent performances for the USA national team suggests to him that he is capable of playing at the highest level.
The Seattle Sounders midfielder was deployed at right-back for a friendly with Germany in early June and was kept in that position for the three World Cup qualifiers which ensued as the US put together a trio of wins to take top spot in CONCACAF qualifying.
Evans, who has now played 11 times for his country, suggests he now feels right at home on the international scene.
"I think obviously it was a great opportunity, first and foremost. But yeah, I don't really think it changed my perception or anything," he told reporters.
"I know what it's all about, but obviously great to experience firsthand, most importantly.
"The expectations were always going to be the same. Maybe it opened my eyes that I can play at that level, I think. I'm still learning.
"That's probably my fifth time with the national team starting in that position and probably seventh or eighth time playing it, so obviously still room to learn and adjust. But yeah, a great experience."