[USA-BRAZIL] The USA, in its first game since the 2010 World Cup, started strong but faded fast in Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey in front of 77,223 fans and fell, 2-0.
Edson Buddle fed Landon Donovan for a chance in the third minute and for the first 10 minutes the Americans were the more lively and threatening team.
But the young Brazilian team soon found its rhythm and by midway through the first half had established control. Both the Brazilians' goals came in the first half, but they were even more dominant in the s econd half, when they hit the post twice and forced good saves from keeper Brad Guzan.
Brazil took the lead in the 28th minute when 5-foot-7 Neymar headed past goalkeeper Tim Howard into the far corner of the net from nine yards. Neymar, while marked by Jonathan Bornstein, met a low cross driven in from the left wing by Andres Santos.
In first-half stoppage time, Alexandre Pato made it 2-0 after Brazil sliced through the heart of the U.S. defense.
Thiago Silva fed Paulo Henrique Ganso, who relayed the ball to Ramires. Pato latched on to Ramires’ pass, took one touch at the edge at the penalty area to round Howard, and stroked the ball into an empty net.
Robinho hit the U.S. post early in the 53rd minute. Michael Bradley was offside when he headed into the Brazilian net four minutes later.
Ganso hit the post from long range in the 77th minute on one of several Brazilian chances. Keeper Brad Guzan, who replaced Howard at halftime, saved well on Carlos Eduardo’s close-range shot in the 84th minute.
Brazilian keeper Victor batted away Herculez Gomez's header after a Jonathan Spector delivery in the 84th minute on what was the best U.S. opportunity.
The crowd of 77,223 was the third largest crowd in New Jersey for a U.S. national team game.
Aug. 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 2 Brazil 0.
Goals: Neymar (Andre Santos) 29, Pato (Ramires) 46+.
USA -- Howard (Guzan, 46), Spector, Gonzalez, Bocanegra (Goodson, 62), Bornstein, Bedoya (Gomez, 67), Bradley, Edu, Feilhaber (Kljestan, 46), Donovan (Findley, 62), Buddle (Altidore, 46)
Brazil -- Victor, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Andre Santos, Lucas, Ramires (Hernanes, 59), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Jucilei, 89), Robinho (Diego Tardelli, 81), Neymar (Ederson, 72; Carlos Eduardo, 75), Pato (Andre, 67).
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (Canada).