United States coach Gregg Berhalter called his team’s 1-1 draw with star-studded Brazil on Wednesday night a “little step” on the road to success ahead of Copa America. He also said “we’re ready.”

“We asked for teamwork and intensity,” Berhalter said after the match at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. “The way we framed it is two things that are totally in their control. It doesn’t matter about the opponent, it doesn’t matter about the field, the fans or anything. That’s the type of effort that we saw today. The boys certainly did really well on that and that was good. We feel like we made a little step.”

“It’s not a huge step, but it’s a little step to be able to play against an amazingly talented Brazil team and bend but not break,” Berhalter added. “And give them problems as well, push them as well. So for us, looking at it, we think it’s a good end to a preparation camp when we’re ready for Copa.”

The team recovered well after the shocking 5-1 defeat to Colombia on Saturday night, gaining what coach and players alike called momentum before kicking off the Copa America campaign against Bolívia on June 23 before facing Panama and Uruguay in group play.