The USA didn't have much of the ball but could take solace from the narrow margin of its 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the first of their two under-23 friendlies. There was less to take away positively from
the 5-1 loss in Sunday's second game in Belem. After leading for more of the first half (on an own goal), the U.S. U-23s were blitzed after the break.
Gabriel of Santos and highly regarded Felipe Anderson of Lazio, who come on for the injured Valdivia, had two goals apiece and Luan of Gremio had the fifth goal.
only U.S. goal came in the fourth minute when defender Marlon put Dillon Serna's corner kick into his own goal.
Brazil, host of the 2016 Olympics, was without many of its under-23 stars: Marquinhos (Paris St. Germain), Rafinha (Barcelona), Lucas Silva (Marseille), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk) and Luciano (Corinthians).
The USA was missing Matt Miazga and Jordon Morris, who both played in the USA's 6-1 win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines in their World Cup 2018 qualifying opener. Other key U-23s who did not make
the trip we5e goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and midfielder Wil Trapp. Nov. 15 in Belem Brazil 5 USA 1. Goals: Gabriel 43, 79, Felipe Anderson 46, 62, Luan 83; own goal 4. Brazil --
Uilson; Zeca (Fabinho 67), Lucao, Marlon (Fred 56), Jorge (Wendell 67); Rodrigo Caio, Walace (Lucas Silva 67), Valdivia (Felipe Anderson 13); Gabriel, Vinicius Araujo (Gabriel Jesus 56),
Gustavo Scarpa (Luan 56). USA -- Cropper; Miller, O’Neill, Brooks (Carter-Vickers 76), Romney; Green (Okwuonu
55), Polster, Guido (Sorto 74), Serna (Zelalem 74); Shelton (Tall, 56), Kiesewetter.