Brazil Outclass U.S. in U23 Friendly
Brazil Outclass U.S. in U23 Friendly avatar

After the U.S. took an early lead on a Brazil own goal, Brazil eventually got hold of the match and went on to overwhelm the American visitors 5-1.

Andi Herzog (ISI Photos/Paul Greenwood)

Andi Herzog (ISI Photos/Paul Greenwood)

The Yanks came out with a more aggressive attitude in this match than in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss when Andi Herzog’s side seemed happy to drop deep and defend.

Brazil started something of second choice side, which may partly explain the success the Americans had initially with its pressing game.

The early goal came off of a dangerous cross from Dillon Serna and with Dave Romney pressuring, the ball wound up in the Brazil net for an own goal.

That early good fortune sparked the U.S.  to a proactive first half an hour with encouraging displays all over the field. Center backs John Brooks and Shane O’Neill were solid early and goalkeeper Cody Cropper was impressive throughout.

Serna and Alejandro Guido were good in the midfield and Jerome Kiesewetter benefitted from improved play from attack partner Khiry Shelton.

The game turned on a Brazil injury that saw Brazil send Felipe Anderson into the match. The Lazio regular showed his class on Wednesday and he was even better on Sunday.

Goals from Gabriel and Anderson on either side of the break gave the home team the lead and chipped away at the Americans resolve.

Brazil began inserting some of Wednesday’s starters, the first teamers, and the the wheels began to shake loose from the U.S. bus.

Cropper (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Cropper made some outstanding saves. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Cropper kept the game close as long as he could but eventually Brazil was bound to add to its lead and of course it did just that. The hosts tacked on three more goals and in truth it should have been twice that.

It turned out to be a harsh lesson for the Americans, who are preparing for a big two game showdown with Colombia for a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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