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.
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
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.
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)
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)
Shots on target: 2/4
Corner Kicks: 6/3
Yellow cards: none
Red cards: none