MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, August 11, 2010
United States vs Brazil
Friendly - Tuesday August 10, 2010
New Meadowlands Stadium
In their first post World Cup game, the US Men's National Team had no answers for a young Brazilian team showing few faces from its own World Cup campaign.

The Brazilians hit a pair to beat the Americans 2-0 with goals from Neymar and Pato.

In a game where the US started off well but faded slowly, it was the US' top goal scorer Landon Donovan who had the first sniff at goal in just the third minute when Maurice Edu played the Galaxy man through and Donovan raced into the box and was fouled.

Canadian referee Silviu Petrescu however seemed to punish Donovan for staying on his feet, giving no call.

The visitors were at it five minutes later when AC Milan's Alexandre Pato was played through and moved into the American box with the ball at his feet. Omar Gonzalez stood his ground however and forced the Brazilian to shoot wide of Tim Howard's far post.

With a third of the first half gone at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the Brazilians began to apply pressure on the American back four, however they were finding it hard to turn their possession into goals.

Robinho threatened and then overlapped with Dani Alves but his pass back to the Barcelona defender was played poorly and the Americans cleared the danger.

On the 18 minute mark 18-year-old Neymar found Pato in the box but his shot was knocked away by Howard for a corner kick. The ensuing kick was cleared out of the area but Benfica's Ramires collected and fired hard and true but over the top of Howard's crossbar from 20 yards out.

Michael Bradley did the same a minute later, blasting towards the Brazilian goal but never threatening Victor.

Neymar was a handful for the Americans all night long in the New Jersey heat and showed signs of what was to come in the 26th minute when he received Pato's pass at the top of the box, spun and shot. However it turned out to be a bread-and-butter save for the Jersey native between the sticks.

Howard wasn't as fortunate a few minutes later when the youngster finally put his name on the score sheet in his national team debut when Andre Santos found him in space, placing the ball onto his head and watching the net ripple behind the Everton man.

The Brazilians began playing with more confidence and looked as if they were on the training field playing one touch soccer as the Americans did their best to contain any threat.

The South Americans thought they had scored again just past the half hour mark as they ran into the corner to celebrate after a ball into the box came forward and Pato chased it to the goal line but instead of tapping it in, gave the 6'3" Howard an NFL style tackle as the ball trickled over the line. The Canadian referee took his time deciding that Pato had fouled the big keeper.

Donovan then won a free kick at the top of the Brazilian box after being fouled but his kick was punched away by Victor.

Moments later Donovan played Alejandro Bedoya, who received his first start, up the right wing. The Floridian's effort was put out for a corner kick that found Carlos Bocanegra's head, however he missed the target.

Just before the half time whistle the visitor's doubled their lead with a move that started in the midfield when Paulo Henrique Ganso played Ramires forward, who threaded the ball between a pair of defenders to Pato. This time the 20-year-old forward made no mistake and slipped the ball into the American goal for his second career Brazil strike.

Perhaps sensing a need for change, US head coach Bob Bradley made a few to start the second half by bringing another Jersey native, Jozy Altidore, who replaced the ineffective Edson Buddle. Sacha Kljestan came on for Benny Feilhaber while Brad Guzan subbed on for Howard.

It seemed to be all for nothing though when Guzan's net rippled with just a minute played, but the off sides flag spared the US this time.

The score could have been 3-0 in the 53rd minute after some skillful passing by the Brazilians with the ball ending up at Robinho's feet deep inside the US box, but the sometimes Manchester City striker only struck Guzan's post.

The Americans seemed to come to life soon afterwards when Kljestan found his ex-Chivas teammate Jonathan Bornstein heading up the left wing, that ended up as a corner kick for Donovan to take, which he did and played short to Kljestan.

The Anderlecht midfielder whipped the ball into the box and found Michael Bradley and the Princeton, NJ native found the back of the net with his head but the effort was ruled off sides.

Kljestan had a chance with a free kick just outside the box in the 67th minute but Victor was up for it and claimed it for himself.

Guzan was called into action several times as the game progressed, such as in the 70th minute when Brazil counter attacked and the Aston Villa shot stopper performed his job well. This was followed by Altidore who took a chance at goal from an impossible angle that ended up as a goal kick.

Guzan was beaten some minutes later but Ganso, one of the three Santos players on the roster, was unable to beat the far post as it ricocheted off and was collectively cleared by the defense. Robinho found the ball at his feet soon afterwards but put his contribution wide of the post.

The Brazilians continued passing the ball around the Americans as only Brazilians can and substitute Carlos Eduardo decided to pull the trigger from inside the six yard box only to see Guzan deny the Bundesliga man.

With time running out Jonathan Spector found sub Herculez Gomez well inside the Brazilian box but the Pachuca striker couldn't make it count from a few yards out.

And so time fizzled out leaving the Americans with the loss in a pretty meaningless game.

"I thought we frustrated them for a little while, which was good," Tim Howard said to YA after the game. "But a little while isn't good enough."

"They certainly showed us some things we need to work on and we know that in order to compete at this level and get to the next level which this is and the World Cup is," continued Howard. "But you have to be able to frustrate teams a lot longer than that."

"We're disappointed because of the goals we gave up but Brad played fantastic in the second half but that's the problem with these teams; they create some many opportunities and you really need to eliminate them, particularly in front of goal," he concluded.

"I think the first half wasn't so bad," Alejandro Bedoya said of the team's performance. "I think towards the end we started sitting back a little bit and giving them more time."

"(The game was) high intensity, high tempo and obviously a different tempo than what I'm used to playing over there (in Sweden)," noted Bedoya.

Bedoya and the rest of his teammates will now return to their club teams following Tuesday's defeat.

At this time, the US does not have any other international matches scheduled as US Soccer and Bradley will begin discussions on whether or not the head man will return for another World Cup cycle.

In his four years at the helm of the US national team, Bradley has composed a 38-21-8.
Wednesday August 11, 2010 4:34 pm
I don't get why some people think Michael Bradley or Jozy Altidore are the team's problems, and Freddy Adu or a still-recovering Charlie Davies are the solutions.
Wednesday August 11, 2010 3:02 pm
Imm done with this still as long as Bornstein keeps getting called up!!!!!
Wednesday August 11, 2010 1:20 pm
Its great the USMT got exposed by Brasil, who really should have scored 4 or 5 against us. Maybe now we can use other players who could make our offense actually capable of scoring goals. Players like Davies, Jones and Adu need to be called in after Coach Bradley is gone. Younger players need to be called in and given a chance and players like Bradley and Altidore need to fight for there positions. Neither is good enough to get automatic starting roles. Also the Findley/Gomez experiment has been disappointing. Adu would have created at least a couple of scoring opportunities if he had been given a chance in the midfield. The USMT needs to make changes to compete with the top teams in the world as evidenced by this friendly. Lets get a new coach and start to compete with the big boys!
Wednesday August 11, 2010 1:18 pm
first of all, congratulations to all the brazilians, ESPECIALLY NEYMAR, who proved that dunga's an idiot. of course, bob isn't much better. anyone who disagrees simply needs look at their shape when they're defending: two banks of four between which holes open up everywhere. nothing more needs to be said about bornstein whose marking again led to a goal against. spector is no good either an the sooner we get someone to replace him the better. i like that sacha went abroad; but, a few weeks in belgium does not mean he has learned how to properly use that raw talent. he's still not ready for this level. why was omar just about the only newbie called up for this game? as long as bob is in charge, his no-composure, turn and whack it son is going to play the 90 minutes of every game. despite that, i would like to have seen blair gavin get his first cap. timmy ream also looks like he could handle this level, at least no worse than gonzalez. i think chris pontius is better than bedoya and deserved to have a look more than alejandro did. also, jozy is not the replacement to mcbride we've been looking for. i can't wait for mwanga to get his US citizenship.
Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:46 am
I think the WC took it's toll on the US players. They were sluggish to say the least. Brazil on the other hand had young fresh players who were motivated and played with purpose. It would have been nice to see more of our younger players, but I think Bradley decided to go with the WC players in a curtain call of sorts
Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:33 am
Yeah, I've now seen the "lacklustre" headline twice. That's too generous. Get real. Brazil put on a clinic. We weren't lacklustre, Brazil is just a far superior squad.
Wednesday August 11, 2010 9:37 am
I did not think the performance of the USNMT was a lackluster one. For the level of their ability, the US team played very well. I just think that the Brazilian team is superior in every aspect. We may play well and win against Mexico, or El Salvador, or Costa Rica, but playing against Brazil is playing at a higher level of difficulty, if you will. If I had been Bradley, I would have put on the roster more younger, newer players, ones I need to develop for future competitions. Some names from the U-20 that won the Milk Cup come to mind. The purpose of these friendly matches is to try and introduce new players, such as Brazil did, not to go and win the game. Of course, one always has to go to win the game, but should not be the main reason. I like Landon Donavan and Micheal Bradley, but they should not have been called for this game. Just my humble opinion.
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