Like against Spain in the semifinals, the USA took a 2-0 lead against Brazil in the final of the Confederations Cup. But the lead came too quickly Sunday, giving Brazil plenty of time to recover. The Brazilians got back in the game on a goal by Luis Fabiano seconds after played resumed and rallied to win, 3-2, on late headers by Luis Fabiano and Lucio.
The Americans took the game to Brazil and led on goals by Clint Dempsey (his third of the tournament) and Landon Donovan (set up by a superb pass from Charlie Davies).
Tim Howard was again brilliant in goal stopping numerous chances by the Brazilians, including the clearance of a ball that replays showed had cleared the goal line.
Unlike Spain, which tried to attack down the middle, Brazil stretched the U.S. backline, creating most of its scoring opportunities on balls driven into the area from the flanks.
The second-place finish is the best for the USA in a FIFA men's competition.
Howard won the Golden Glove as the tournament's best goalie, and Dempsey won the Bronze Ball as the No. 3 in MVP balloting.
Next up for the USA: Grenada July 4 in Seattle in its opening game of the Gold Cup.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily What They're Saying: Greg Maas Sept. 2, 2:28 a.m. |
"I'll tell you straightaway, it was a dream come true." -- Utah Valley men's coach Greg ... Who laughs last after transfer deadline? Sept. 2, 1:05 a.m.
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] As the transfer deadline came and went, hundreds of millions changed hands, players ... Soccer America Power Rankings Sept. 2, 12:20 a.m.
[MLS: Week 25] FC Dallas held the top spot despite its unbeaten streak ending at 10 ... Charlotte's playoff hopes dented with draw Sept. 2, 12:01 a.m.
[USL PRO: Week 25] The Charlotte Eagles didn't do its playoff hopes any good as it ... Defoe will stay at Toronto FC Sept. 1, 11:51 p.m.
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] So much for those stories of Jermain Defoe leaving Toronto FC. Monday's transfer deadline ... A 'no-look' finish from Brazilian in Bundesliga Sept. 1, 10:38 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino had a splendid first touch to settle a chipped through ... What They're Saying: Javier Hernandez Sept. 1, 10:04 p.m.
"To wear this jersey is a dream come true for any player in the world. Everyone ... HSV's Beiersdorfer: Green and Holtby are 'great players' Sept. 1, 7:45 p.m.
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is officially a member of German Bundesliga club Hamburg, completing the move ... Five MLS players are called up Sept. 1, 7:25 p.m.
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ... Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA Sept. 1, 6:54 p.m.
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives