All that rhythmic, entertaining samba soccer that we missed so much from Brazil under
Then again, it really is unfortunate it had to be the United States on the business end of matters as the Brazilians re-discovered their true soccer spirit. A 2-0 win for the visitors in Wednesday's friendly at The New Meadowlands Stadium really doesn't paint at accurate picture of such thorough domination in both teams' first appearance after the World Cup.
A motivated bunch of Brazilians, essentially auditioning for new coach
The U.S. looked up to the job for about 10 minutes as the Brazilians adjusted to each other, to Menezes' less rigid version of the 4-2-3-1 formation and to the slow, temporary grass field at the New Jersey facility.
But Brazil found its stride and the U.S. sank beneath the weight of it all, as the five-time world champs awed the big crowd of 77,223 with a clinic on passing and movement. Two first-half goals told the story.
Menezes' side, young but still quite technical, strung together 11 passes in the 29th minute, the last few as left back
A few minutes later,
No matter, Brazil assembled 18 passes just a few minutes later. Benfica midfielder
The South Americans toyed further with the home team after the break, hitting the post twice and testing substitute goalkeeper
For the U.S., it was too much of the same old story. Bradley's side featured little striking power as yet another contest came and went for a bunch of forwards who just cannot lay claim to spots begging to be had.
U.S. offensive highlights were few.