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USA-Brazil Men's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-BRAZIL EXPRESS:
Sept. 7 in in East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 0 Brazil 2. Goals: Firmino 11, Neymar (pen.) 43.
Att.: 32,489.

In what resembled a game of rondo for much of the time -- Brazilians playing midfield keepaway as the Americans chased in vain -- the USA fell, 2-0, in New Jersey to the Selecao in Brazil's first game since Neymar and Co., lost to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals. An 11th-minute goal from Firmino and Neymar's strike from the spot after a soft penalty-kick call in the 43rd minute set up a second half in which the young Americans succeeded in holding on to a two-goal deficit.

USA Player Ratings:
Starters
Player (Club) GP/G
4 Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) 4/0
Maybe he just didn't have time to react to Douglas Costa's cross on the first goal. Guessed too early on Neymar's PK. Nicely snagged a dangerous low ball from Fred, but let a tame shot from Neymar slip through his legs that Matt Miazga cleared off the line.

4 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG) 53/0
Right back was lucky that some of his poor touches weren't punished, like the clearance straight to Fred in the 47th minute. Ineffective going forward.

6 Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED) 8/1
Only blemish was losing track of Firmino storming through the middle on first Brazilian goal, but prevented 3-0 with a goal-line clearance, helped contain Neymar, and interfered with several attacks.

6 John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER) 34/3
Hit some good cross-field and mid-range passes out of the back in the first half and defended well.

4 Antonee Robinson (Bolton/ENG) 3/0
Struggled against Douglas Costa, who glided past the left back while setting up Brazil's first goal. Caught up with Firmino on a second-half breakaway to thwart a golden chance.

3 Paul Arriola (D.C. United) 17/2
Poor touches included horribly mis-hit cross in 18th minute. Made the lowlight reel futilely trying to drag down Thiago Silva by tugging at his shoulder.

5 Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) 6/0
Only American who managed to, at least a couple times, evade Brazilians on the dribble. Attacked a bit while also toiling on defense.

5 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC) 7/0
Unlucky that ref called PK against him, perhaps because ref saw Trapp's arm reach up. Took the only shot of the game that required a difficult save, with a 30-yard shot in the 72nd minute.

3 Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER) 5/1
Lost ball twice during rare U.S. possession in first half. Failed to beat Alisson from close-range and shot wide on two chances.

3 Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER) 11/4
Part of a midfield that mostly defended. Unable to dribble past Brazilians. Hit one decent cross.

3 Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER) 40/12
Rarely saw the ball and misplayed it on his first few touches.

Substitutes
5 Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain) 4/1
The 55th-minute sub for Wood deftly evaded Brazilian defenders before setting up a shot for Trapp. Also won a corner kick.

5 Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 18/1)
Also a 55th-minute sub. After he was fouled, his free kick set up one of McKennie's chances.

3 Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew) 39/6
Not a factor after arriving in the 70th minute.

nr Marky Delgado (Toronto FC) 2/0
Replaced McKennie with seven minutes left.

nr Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 3/0
Another late sub, for Trapp.

(Ratings: 1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)

TRIVIA: The game was played in the same venue, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, in which Neymar made his Brazil debut, 10 years ago, in another 2-0 Brazil friendly win over the USA.

NOTABLE: The USA's starting lineup averaged age 23 years, 117 days; Brazil's was 26 years, 326 days.

Sept. 7 in in East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 0 Brazil 2. Goals: Firmino 11, Neymar (pen.) 43.
USA -- Steffen, Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, Robinson, Arriola (Acosta, 55), Adams, Trapp (Roldan, 83), McKennie (Delgado, 83), Green (Weah, 55), Wood (Zardes, 70).
Brazil -- Alisson, Fabinho, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (Dede, 80), Filipe Luis, Fred (Arthur, 60), Casemiro, Coutinho (Paqueta, 71), Douglas Costa (Willian, 61), Firmino (Richarlison, 75), Neymar (Everton, 80).
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
Att.: 32,489.

Stats: USA/Brazil
Shots: 11/12
Shots on target: 2/4
Saves: 1/2
Corner Kicks: 6/3
Fouls: 12/12
Offside: 1/1
Possession: 35%/65%
Yellow cards: none
Red cards: none

11 comments about "USA-Brazil Men's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. Kevin Leahy, September 8, 2018 at 8:21 a.m.

    Julian Green has not impressed. Trapp is better than I thought. You might have the best center back paring now. Robinson was like a deer caught in headlights.

  2. beautiful game, September 8, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.

    Mike, you neglected to rate the referee - 3; for the PK fiasco and not booking one obvious takedown from the rear in the second half. The commentary booth -1; for the 90% yada-yada of speculative opinionated constant chatter; they sounded like a baseball duo.
    Team performance: Brazil - 5 & US - 3
    Neither met the expectations of the admission price.


  3. beautiful game, September 8, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.

    Mike, you neglected to rate the referee - 3; for the PK fiasco and not booking one obvious takedown from the rear in the second half. The commentary booth -1; for the 90% yada-yada of speculative opinionated constant chatter; they sounded like a baseball duo.
    Team performance: Brazil - 5 & US - 3
    Neither met the expectations of the admission price.


  4. Wallace Wade, September 8, 2018 at 9:44 a.m.

    Rondo? US players don’t know that! The Federation doesn’t believe in it.

  5. Ric Fonseca, September 8, 2018 at 1:11 p.m.

    Rondo!?!?!  Haven't used, heard, or read this term, I used it some two-three decades ago. Doesn't  speak highly at all of our guys.  Just say they were outplayed or better yet, "schooled" by the Brasileiros!!!
     

  6. R2 Dad, September 8, 2018 at 1:20 p.m.

    USMNT players all get a 5, just like the women.

  7. frank schoon, September 8, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.

    Who cares about player ratings in this game, that's like being concerned about the arrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic, or arguing about the penalty or the ref, neither was an important aspect of the game.
    Rondo, yes the Brazilians played a form of it but to me it was Rondo with a purpose, they passed the ball around for two reasons, one waste time abd slow down the game for they were up by 2 and and the other reason that they passed the ball in a manner making the US players chase the ball around and for an opening or weak spot. As a matter of fact sometimes a Brazilian player would actually hold the ball as long as possible and draw 3 sometimes 4, thereby leaving that many Brazilian players open to pass to. 

  8. Right Winger, September 8, 2018 at 5:23 p.m.

    These are pro players either here or in Europe.  Why the poor play.  1 shot on goal?  Sure Brazil is good but every team we play is going to be top quality.  Comments I have heard is we didn’t have our experienced players there. So what.

  9. Wooden Ships replied, September 8, 2018 at 7:25 p.m.

    Would have been 3-0 us had we brought Jozy, Brad and Michael. Sometimes I crack myself up.

  10. frank schoon replied, September 8, 2018 at 8:31 p.m.

    Ships, Likewise having these 3 present they would barely have touched the ball like Wood  due to the Brazilians keeping the ball possession.  
    RW, you should have seen this game as an intrasquad game between the first and fourth string...

  11. Right Winger, September 8, 2018 at 8:54 p.m.

    Frank I am with you.  Long time ago someone told me in order to win you had to have the ball then attack the goal and then put it in the net.  I think

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