USA last night defeated Cameroon 4-1 in the FIFA U20 World Cup at Mubarak Stadium in Egypt.
Thomas Rongenâ€™s team was coming off a disappointing loss to Germany in their opening match but bounced back in the best possible fashion thanks to goals from Hertha Berlinâ€™s Bryan Arguez, Jacksonville Universityâ€™s Tony Taylor, Rutgersâ€™ Dilly Duka and Virginiaâ€™s Brian Ownby.
Rongen was delighted with how his players responded following the loss.
â€śIf you win 4-1 youâ€™re clearly happy, but Iâ€™m more happy about the fact that our team responded well to a disappointing opening game against Germany,â€ť he said.
â€śIt showed some great character and resilience to manage this game, and it was a huge game for us.
â€śWe felt we needed three points to get ourselves back in the race for the group, and we did that.
â€śIâ€™m very proud of the way that the team handled the loss against Germany and focused our energy on Cameroon. We made a few changes that helped us and that was a result that we desperately needed.â€ť
USA next take on Korea and a win will put them into the second round.
â€śOur next game against Korea is the only focus for us at this point and this group is fairly wide open,â€ť Rongen added.
â€śWe just have to look at the game on Friday and get ourselves in a position to get to the second round. That was our first goal, advancing out of group play and then taking every game as it comes.â€ť