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
Something special about playing Brazil
by Mike Woitalla, August 10th, 2010 12:32AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil, men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-BRAZIL] At least 70,000 people are paying an average of $65 to watch the USA in action for the first time since the World Cup in South Africa. That the opponent is Brazil and the venue is the New Meadowlands Stadium -- a $1.6 billion structure completed just four months ago -- makes it one of the most anticipated exhibition games in recent memory.

Coach Bob Bradley, who isn’t sure whether he’ll be in charge after his contract runs out in December, gathered a squad that includes 15 members of the 2010 World Cup team.

Tuesday’s game (8 pm ET, ESPN2 & Univision) is a better opportunity to give a home crowd a World Cup encore than to introduce new players into the squad.

“When you only have a day to prepare for a game,” Bradley said, “It’s not always easy to bring young players in who have not yet represented the United States and then one day later, putting them on the field, especially against a team like Brazil.”

Besides, Bradley says, the veterans are still very motivated to continue their international careers.

“And the opportunity for any player to play against Brazil in their career is special,” he says.

The USA’s foreign-based have flown back just as they’ve begun preseason training – or in captain Carlos Bocanegra’s case after playing his first league game, with France’s Saint-Etienne.

For the team’s biggest star, Landon Donovan, who scored three goals at the World Cup, the game is a test of his endurance.

He played an MLS game for his Los Angeles Galaxy just one week after the USA was knocked at in the round of 16 by Ghana on June 26. In the last 20 days, Donovan has played in two Concacaf Champions League games – which included a trip to Puerto Rico – two MLS games, the MLS All-Star Game and a friendly against Real Madrid last Saturday.

“When you get all the different entities together everybody wants to get in a game that is helpful for their situation,” Donovan said. “For us players sometimes we get pulled around quite a bit and I think personally there should be a little closer attention paid to how many games players are playing.

“Players are not machines. There’s only so much they can do. That being said, I don’t think there’s any doubt in any one’s mind this is the kind of game players want to play in. For us as players, the opportunity to play Brazil at any point is special.”

New Brazil coach Mano Menezes has brought only three players from the squad that was knocked out in the World Cup quarterfinals: Robinho, Dani Alves and Ramires. But the roster includes young stars Alexandre Pato, Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso.

The team also looks much different than the one Bradley’s team led 2-0 at halftime in the 2009 Confederations Cup final before falling, 3-2.

“It is a different Brazil team,” Bradley said. “But we all know when we step on the field against Brazil there are certain things that will always take place. They have tremendous ability with the ball. They’re always an athletic team.

“Our challenge is how to deal with that, how to still be good with the ball, how to create chances. We know how Pato and Robinho and these players go about their business and we understand from our end what we need to do to be successful.”

In 15 encounters with Brazil since 1930, the USA has lost 14 and won once. The victory came in 1998, a 1-0 triumph in Los Angeles when Brazil was Gold Cup guest team.



0 comments
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: August 10, 2010 at 9:50 a.m.
    Ouch! the cost of this Stadium is outrageous. Capitalism at it's best or worst. I would have rather seen this game played at the new Red Bull Stadium than the Meadowlands Stadium reguardless of seating capacity due to the fact that it's a soccer stadium not a football stadium. I hope BB brings in some new players tonight, good luck US NT!

  1. David Huff
    commented on: August 10, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.
    What's more outrageous is that MLS Bob is still USMNT coach.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
Here are 329 places Soccer America readers recommend where you should go to watch soccer for ...
Mario Goetze's beautiful backward nutmeg on Brecko    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup final hero, not only has a nose for ...
This season's most amazing free kick so far    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] You can hardly blame Hamburg SV goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny for remaining rooted to ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 29] Robbie Keane ran wild in the major-market matchup of Designated Players to keep ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I've always tried to be a guy who makes the right play in front of the ...
Onus on Cavani for PSG against Barcelona    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Paris St. Germain-Barcelona is the marquee match of Matchday 2 in ...
What They're Saying: Paul McGinley    
"I bounced ideas off him all week, he didn't preach to me, he didn't tell me ...
MLS's nouveau riche dominate millionaire club    
[MAKING A LIST] Big money has been flowing into Major League Soccer. Of the 15 players ...
USA and Brazil to play U-23 match in Brasilia    
[DATEBOOK] The U.S. World Cup team never got to Brasilia, falling in the round of 16 ...
Report: Chivas USA set to go on hiatus after 2014 season    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The news should come as no surprise. Chivas USA, sold back to MLS by ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives