Brazil Rolls U.S. 4-1 in Tune-up for CONCACAF Cup


by Deny Gallagher

FOXBOROUGH, MA. – The United States fell flat on their face in the “ final tuneup” for the CONCACAF Cup, dropping a 4-1 decision to Brazil Tuesday night in Gillette Stadium.

The five-time World Champions are led to victory by a brace from second half sub Neymar, who came into Tuesday’s match with a chip on his shoulder after being benched against Costa Rica

The United States were able to grab a goal in the dying minutes of the match thanks to a Danny Williams wonder strike to soften the blow.

Brazil opened the scoring in the 9th minute when a Willian cross from the right touchline hit the far upper corner of the net. The dangerous cross, which troubled Brad Guzan, hit the post and fell directly to Hulk. The FC Zenit man took a touch, cut back and scored on a bending strike to make it 1-0 in favor of the Selecao.

For most of the first half the United States just could not connect on the final pass, but had moderate success getting into the attacking end.

It took the United States 29 minutes to create their first serious opportunity of the night, but the attack would fizzle out, as Michael Bradley’s shot rolled gently to the goalkeeper. In a shocking move, Klinsmann went to his bench after just 36 minutes when Alejandro Bedoya gave way to Danny Williams.

The United States enjoyed very few chances but would go into the half down only a goal after the opening 45 minutes.

Neymar entered the match at halftime and by 50th minute the player had already drawn a penalty and buried it from the spot to make 2-0.  Neymar set the pace for Brazil who proceeded to step on the throats of the Americans in the next few minutes.

It started with a give and go between Lucas Moura and Neymar, highlighted by a world-class step over by Brazil’s number 10. The PSG attacker would dish it to Rafiniha, who steps over and finishes with poise to extend the Brazil advantage in the 64th minute.

Moments later, Brazil put the match out of question thanks to Neymar’s second goal of the night. A Rafinha dummy allowed Lucas Moura’s pass to unlock the back line and find an on-running Neymar. The player’s step over gave him space to cut back and finish with ease to make it 4-0 after a little more than an hour of play.

The night wasn’t a complete a waste as Danny Williams scored a golazo from about 30 yards out. The strike whisked past the hair of David Luiz and slam into the back of the night to make it 4-1 in stoppage time.

Seconds later the final whistle blew and Jurgen’s Klinsmann’s nightmare was over.

Over the course of the next month, a lot of questions will be asked about the direction of U.S. Soccer ahead of the CONCACAF Cup, making Klinsmann’s selection that much more important.

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 29,308
Weather: 80 degrees; Clear

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
BRA                            1          3          4

BRA – Hulk                                         9th minute
BRA – Neymar (penalty kick)                51
BRA – Rafinha (Lucas)                         64
BRA – Neymar (Lucas)                         67
USA – Danny Williams (Tim Ream)        90+1

USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron (16-Jonathan Spector, 73), 15-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Tim Ream; 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Danny Williams, 36); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (9-Aron Johannsson, 79), 21-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 57)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 25-Greg Garza
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BRA: 12-Marcelo Grohe; 2-Fabinho, 3-Miranda (capt.) (13-Marquinhos, 22), 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 17-Luis Gustavo (5-Fernandinho, 65), 24-Lucas Lima (22-Lucas, 63), 8-Elias; 19-Willian (10-Neymar, 46), 21-Hulk (9-Firmino, 46), 7-Douglas Costa (18-Rafinha, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jefferson, 11-Philippe Coutinho, 14-Gabriel Paulista, 15-Danilo, 16-Douglas Santos, 20-Kaká, 23-Alisson
Head coach: Dunga

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Danny Williams (caution)           55

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)