OT: USMNT v. Brazil, 8:00pm EDT tonight!

Submitted by Wolverine In Iowa on May 30th, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Huge game for the Yanks as we take on Brazil tonight from FedEx Field, outside of DC.  This game is the second-to-last tune-up before the World Cup qualifiers begin in earnest.  After a demolition of Scotland on Saturday, the Americans appear to be comfortable in Klinsmann's system and are able to score, but the defense will truly be tested against superpower Brazil and their unmatched passing and individual technical skills.

Game is on ESPN2 and stream on ESPN3.


State Street

May 30th, 2012 at 8:24 AM ^

Pretty much as meaningful as a friendly can be, as it's a benchmark game before beginning WCQ.

Two things I'd like to see

-Gooch get the start and/or appear to be in pretty good form.

-Bradley and Jones playing the soccer style "deathbacker" we saw in the last game.



May 30th, 2012 at 8:27 AM ^

Any word on the starters?

Also is Dempsey still out?

I hope that they can be highly competive.  Obviously it's only a friendly and I have no idea if Brazil is playing its top players, but a draw or win would be huge, especially for people's perceptions.  Garner some support from some casual fans.


May 30th, 2012 at 9:29 AM ^

i still will never understand the need to garner attention by people posting about theirhatred of soccer....it is so much easier to just look on


May 30th, 2012 at 10:26 AM ^

go a step further to say that I do not understand why people click on a post only to say how much they hate the topic within that post. It is like TV, you may not like every station, so don't watch those stations. If you do not like soccer, why come on here and say "why don't you move to Europe?" Ignorance is why...

Rager, don't watch the game tonight, it is that simple...


May 30th, 2012 at 9:49 AM ^

I hope it is a good game so I can at least get some respect. My wife is from Fortaleza and I am in a wedding there next week. Please win USA! It is the one time I care about soccer.


May 30th, 2012 at 11:23 AM ^

Excited for the match. Hopefully we see a continuation from last weekend... however I expect we will have to play more defense in this game. Thus the attacking should not be quite as pronounced. That said, nothing prevents this team from Playing with Brazil.

swan flu

May 30th, 2012 at 12:19 PM ^

I hope Bradley can get forward, though I'm a bit afraid that he will be forced to defend too much to become a threat.


Also I would love to see how Joe Carona plays alongside the 1st teamers.


May 30th, 2012 at 1:34 PM ^

That's why a really like the way that Klinnsmann's started to play with a midfield triange of a single dedicated defensive mid who sits in front of the central defenders and links them to the more advanced box-to-box mids. It really clarifies what everyone is supposed to be doing in the midfield, unlike Bob Bradley's system which had two deep lying midfielders. Having Edu sitting deep frees the other two mids to play a bit more advanced. When it works, you no longer see the huge spaces between defense and attack that we used to have.

It's entirely possible, of course, that Brazil is on their game and pushes Bradley and Jones back, so the three central mids end up playing flat rather than as a triangle. But at least Klinnsman's system doesn't start out with that problem the way Bradley's did.


May 30th, 2012 at 3:19 PM ^

Edu does great defensively, but he does have some lapses in his game when it comes to making the right pass.  Ideally that guy would be like Edu defensively, but be able to find passes like Jose Torres.

Once Dempsey and Donovan are back I would like to see Dempsey play forward.  That is the best way to get all of our best players on the field.  We need the play making from Torres, there is nobody on the team that possess his vision and ability as a passer.


May 30th, 2012 at 3:48 PM ^

I'm fine if the guy playing Edu's position (a 6) isn't a great passer. If he's able to tackle the ball and convey it to the mids dropping back to receive it, that's fine IMO.

My all time favorite guy playing that position is Marcos Senna on the last Spanish Euro team. I'm not sure he hit a pass that traveled more than 5 yards that entire tournament, but he ran all game, stopped anything coming through the middle and just shuttled the ball to his mids, freeing them of most defensive duties (of course, it's easy to run an offense that way when the mids are Xavi and Iniesta).

I haven't seen Torres play enough recently to know if he's gotten better at shielding the ball under pressure. If he hasn't, I don't think he can play the roles Bradley and Jones played last game. Turnovers out of those positions are absolute killers, because they frequently mean the opposition gets the ball with only five guys in defensive position. I do like him a lot in the free role he seemed to have against Scotland, where he had few defensive responsibilities other than pressing high up the field.


May 30th, 2012 at 12:57 PM ^

Anyone know if Neymar is going to play for Brazil?  I've seen highlights of him tricky dribbling but I want to watch a full game of his.


May 30th, 2012 at 7:33 PM ^

Depends on how well the back line holds up. For once, the weakest part of the US lineup seems to be central defense. 

I just hope the US tries to play with them a bit, rather than going pure bunker and counter. Will be a good test of where Klinnsman's new system is.

US lineup: 

Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Johnson; Bradley, Jones, Edu; Donovan, Gomez, Torres

Dempsey on the bench, Altidore not in uniform.


Wolverine In Iowa

May 30th, 2012 at 8:26 PM ^

1-0 Brazil after about 12 minutes.  Onyewu got called for a handball in the box -- tough call, but I think it was right because his arm was outside his frame (sort of like offensive holding :) )


May 30th, 2012 at 8:31 PM ^

Weird handling call.  I still don't know if it was the right call.  He certainly didn't intentionlly handle the ball, but he also "made himself bigger" with his elbow away from the body.  Tough call either way.


May 30th, 2012 at 8:38 PM ^

US has Edu playing higher than Jones and Bradley. They've flipped their midfield triangle. Not sure if they're trying to use Edu for high pressure, but it's not helping the attack, as the attack is narrow, running through Edu, and that's also not his strength. 

Goal Brasil. Free header off a corner. Awful marking.


May 30th, 2012 at 8:53 PM ^

Bradley and Fabian Johnson are the only guys for the US who look like they belong on the same field, Donovan included.