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 MLS: Lots at stake in Wednesday's games Oct. 7, 3:27 a.m. |
There's an abbreviated MLS schedule this week for the FIFA international window with two games on ... Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 5 Oct. 7, 3:12 a.m.
Canada, which has not qualified for the Olympic men's soccer tournament since 1984, moved into Saturday's ... Three Takeaways from USA-Panama Olympic qualifier Oct. 7, 2:54 a.m.
The USA had already clinched first place in Group A of the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament ... TV Report: NWSL viewers up for final, down for season Oct. 7, 2:29 a.m.
The NWSL final won by FC Kansas City over regular-season champion Seattle averaged 167,000 viewers, the ... Landon Donovan wants Klinsmann to be held accountable Oct. 7, 12:03 a.m.
The conventional wisdom is that Jurgen Klinsmann's job is not on the line if the USA ... Offseason: NWSL Thorns send five players on loan overseas Oct. 6, 11:36 p.m.
The Portland Thorns loaned defenders Steph Catley (Melbourne City FC), Kendall Johnson (Western Sydney Wanderers) and ... What They're Saying: Michael Bradley Oct. 6, 8:09 p.m.
"Certainly when you talk about the United States in a bigger way, one of the beautiful ... Video Pick: Brazilian mascot loses his head Oct. 6, 2:32 p.m.
O Vovo ("Grandpa"), the mascot of Brazilian second division club Ceara, apparently doesn't get that his ... What They're Saying: Landon Donovan Oct. 6, 2:07 p.m.
"Jurgen said many times he wants our players to feel pressure. ... Well, the same holds ... What They're Saying: Roy Keane Oct. 6, 12:50 p.m.
"Yes, why wouldn't he be? He didn’t have the baby. Unless he's breastfeeding he should be ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives