Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Canada gives Brazil scare in Seattle
June 2nd, 2008 6:45AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL-CANADA] The first two times Brazil and Canada met in friendly matches, the games ended in ties. This time, Brazil won, but it was close.

Brazil's 3-2 win over Canada drew a crowd of 47,052 fans at Seattle's Qwest Field on Saturday.

Real Madrid's Robinho spared Brazil the embarrassment of making it three games without a victory over Canada when he pounced on Julian de Guzman's failed back pass and broke a 2-2 tie in the 63rd minute after rounding goalie Pat Onstad.

Werder Bremen's Diego scored on an assist from Robinho only four minutes into the game, and the rout appeared to be on.

But Canada equalized on a goal by former UC Santa Barbara forward Rob Friend in the 10th minute and almost went ahead a quarter of an hour later but Issey Nakajima-Farran missed a breakaway.

Luis Fabiano put Brazil ahead just before halftime, but de Guzman tied the score 10 minutes into the second half

The previous two Brazil-Canada meetings in 1994 and 2001 ended in draws.

"The players got together on the eve of the game after a long season [in Europe] and a tiring journey and it was a heavy field," Brazil coach Dunga said. "The team never dropped their heads, we kept going forward looking for the result ... we put together some good moves and they kept 11 players behind the ball all the time. There are always fewer problems when we win."

Brazil's next friendly is against Venezuela in Foxboro, Mass., on Friday. It then heads to South America for World Cup qualifiers at Paraguay on June 15 and at home to Argentina three days later.

For Canada, the Brazil game was tuneup before the World Cup qualifying series against St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

"We have to concern ourselves with a bit of a let down," said Canada coach Dale Mitchell. "Most people probably wouldn't have thought we could be as close to Brazil. Some people will think St. Vincent & the Grenadines won't be that close to us. The fact is, in international football, it can happen. We have to do everything to prepare for it."

Canada next faces Panama Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., then heads to St. Vincent & the Grenadines for the first leg June 15 in Kingstown. The home leg is June 20 game at the new Saputo Stadium in Montreal.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] No. 6 Washington rebounded from allowing an early goal to beat USF, 2-1, in ...
Howard gaffes cost Everton dearly at home    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Everton's defensive troubles in the English Premier League continued as it dropped a 3-2 ...
Toronto FC ends misery, extends Chivas USA's drought    
[MLS: Sunday] Chivas USA was just what Toronto FC needed to snap a six-game winless streak. ...
Banner year for MLS scoring    
[BY THE NUMBERS] MLS is enjoying its highest-scoring season since it began its expansion push a ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] Senior Sarah Killion tied a UCLA record with three assists in the game to ...
FC Edmonton puts itself in playoff mix    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] FC Edmonton jumped four teams in the fall standings, moving into third ...
What They're Saying: Alessandro Florenzi    
"It's not every day that an 82-year-old gets to the stadium. ... This goal is for ...
Wright-Phillips closes in on scoring record    
[MLS: Saturday] New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips is within three goals of the MLS record for goals ...
Lopez hat trick completes story-book ending    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] Sacramento Republic FC's magical season continued as Rodrigo Lopez scored a hat trick ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 10 North Carolina came back from two goals down to stun No. 12 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives