0-0 so far, 14 minutes in. Been pretty good so far. A few non-WC starters in the game. Brazil still looks excellent.
makes the game seem so... empty. A sort of peaceful, blissful, emptiness that makes the game so much better. Also, I do love that there are no commericials in the middle of the game. SO nice.
The game has seemed pretty entertaining so far. The USA didn't let in an early goal, which is nice! 0-0 in the 23rd minute. USA! USA!
Also, is there a new USA coach yet, or is it still Bob Bradley or did BB get an extension? I know Brazil fired their coach...
Buddle has had a great game under pressure.
Great ball movement to get that header. 1-0 Brazil.
Anyone else wishing Charlie Davies would have been added to the friendly roster? I'm not sure where he is at physically right now - he might not be back to match ready. Anyway, Go USA!!
Waived off. Thank god.
that Brazil had the ball for about 90% of the first half. It is hard to win that way.
I know Brazil is a world power, but this is basically their B team and they are just running roughshod against the US defense. I hope that Bradley shakes up the lineup a bit at halftime (maybe move Altidore to the lineup).
A couple of new guys with Bedoya and Gonzo plus no Dempsey, Jay D, Gooch, Cherundolo or Findley (joooking).
I noticed a couple of names being new, but something like 14 of the 34 players on Brazil today are receiving their first international cap. I guess I am just trying to figure out how Brazil can look this much better.
Brazil can form a WC caliber squad with uncapped players and guys that didn't make the 23 for WC2010. However, I bet Brazil (and 95% of the rest of the world) wishes they could produce goalies like the US.
Nope. Julio Cesar is considered maybe the best keeper in the world and Gomes isn't far behind. Neither played today.
At this point, the biggest thing separating the US from the second-level powers is depth. We have a number of world-class players (not superstars, but guys that don't look horribly out of place on the international stage); the problem is if one gets injured or suspended, there's an enormous dropoff to the next guy (except possibly in goal). The European powerhouses can field a "B" team that wouldn't get embarrassed in international play. Brazil could probably field a "C" team that would at least put up a little bit of a fight. Even Mexico's "B" team is passable. Our "B" team is barely even good enough to compete in CONCACAF (we got blown out by Mexico's "B" team in the Gold Cup final in '09).
To seriously think about winning a World Cup, we need more top-end talent. But a little added depth (say, a second striker who's something other than completely useless) may well have seen us in the semifinals this year before getting slapped around by the Dutch and Germans.
friendly must really mean "don't play defense"
Brazil didn't get that message.
Findley in for Donovan...we are sure to come back now!
As if it wasn't bad enough that Kljestan was subbed in. Thanks Sweatpants! I really enjoy watching you play your homeboys. I bet he secretly flew in Rico for an encore after a splendid WC performance.
I am new to watching this sport, how often do we play friendlies?
But we also play games on some none FIFA dates with a mainly MLS team. Usually with countries that run a similar schedule to the MLS.
Of course, with Findley and Kljestan in he's had to be.
The US needs to move away from the 4-4-2, the center midfield was getting eaten alive today.
Anyone have a link to a torrent?
Unfortunately I missed this and can't find a torrent in the usual places I look.
Espn3 broadcasted it online, so check for a replay.
i was there! bummer of a game, but that stadium is beautiful.....
Been neglecting my investigation of random world powers since the WC. Any word on how Brazil looked post-Dunga? I don't even know who is replacement is (if they've found one), but I'm curious if there has been any obvious attempt to move away from the Dunga style of soccer that was so hated.