Brazil won the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia when it tied the USA, 0-0, before 11,000 fans Sunday at the Mane Garrincha Stadium. It captured the four-team tournament by virtue of its perfect
record in the round-robin stage. For the USA, which was missing two starters for the final, the result left it with just one win in four games in Brasilia. Dec. 21 in Brasilia Brazil 0 USA. USA --
Solo; Klingenberg, Rampone, Sauerbrunn, Chalupny
(Krieger, 56); Brian, Lloyd, Holiday; Heath (O'Reilly, 81), Wambach (Rodriguez, 74), O'Hara (Rapinoe, 73) Brazil --
Luciana; Poliana, Bruna, Monica,
Andressa Alves (Andressinha, 89), Maurine (Tamires, 57), Thaisa, Formiga, Rosana (Beatriz, 57), Marta, Debinha. Att.:
Brazil-USA match a week earlier was a barnburner with both teams having tons of chances before the hosts prevailed, 3-2, on Marta
's hat trick. This time, it was
a game of few chances as the two teams managed just eight shots between and just one each on goal.
The USA was without Sydney Leroux
, who was
serving her suspension after receiving a red card late in the second half against Argentina on Thursday, and Christen Press
, who returned to the United States
because of a death in her family. Press, who scored four goals in the 7-0 win over Argentina, had been the only player to have played in all 23 matches for the USA in 2014. A third regular in attack,
, is recovering from an ankle injury suffered in Women's World Cup qualifying and has not been cleared to play.
The makeshift frontline
featured Abby Wambach
, who has been used in midfield in recent months, and Kelley O'Hara
, an outside back in recent
years, up front with winger Tobin Heath
Brazil dominated possession but neither team managed many open looks. Both Monica for Brazil and Wambach failed to put headers on goal in the first half.
In the second half, Brazilian appeals for a penalty went for naught after Boston-bound Andressa Alves was taken down in the area. The best chance of
the game went to American defender Becky Sauerbrunn, whose header was tipped by Brazil keeper Luciana off the crossbar
and out of play in the dying seconds.
The result left the USA with a 16-3-5 record in 2014. All three losses and three of the five ties came in the two major friendly tournaments in which
it played -- the Algarve Cup in March and Torneio Internacional da Brasilia.
The U.S. women are off until January when they open camp at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson,
California. Tough matches are scheduled for early February when they travel to Europe to play France Feb. 8 and England Feb. 13.
The USA will then return to the Algarve Cup, where it will
face Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in group play. Nine of the 12 entrants in the Portuguese-hosted tournament are bound for Canada 2015.