The USMNT played Brazil in an international soccer friendly on Tuesday that turned into a second-half onslaught from the visitors. In front of less than 30,000 at Gillette Stadium, Brazil led 1-0 at the half before subbing on Neymar and changing the game.
Hulk opened the scoring for Brazil in the 9th minute, taking advantage of a ball that deflected off the post. Neymar entered for the second-half, drawing a penalty in the 49th minute. Neymar converted, making it 2-0 Brazil. Rafinha scored in the 64th minute. Neymar scored from the run of play three minutes later. Danny Williams pulled a goal back for the USMNT in the 91st minute, scoring from outside of the box to ruin Brazil’s shutout.
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann made some alterations to his starting eleven, playing Jozy Altidore as the loan striker before subbing him out for Jordan Morris in the 57th minute. Klinsmann was quick with the substitutions, pulling Alejandro Bedoya in the 36th minute for Williams after playing Bedoya in the unfamiliar role of defensive midfielder. USMNT player John Brooks missed the game due to a hamstring issue.
The USMNT returns to action in the Confederations Cup playoff on October 10 at the Rose Bowl. That one game playoff between the USMNT and Mexico determines CONCACAF’s representative at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. Mexico played Argentina in Dallas on Tuesday night in another marquee friendly in the United States.
— Game Report —
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: 80 degrees; Clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
BRA 1 3 4
BRA – Hulk 9th minute
BRA – Neymar (penalty kick) 51
BRA – Rafinha (Lucas) 64
BRA – Neymar (Lucas) 67
USA – Danny Williams (Tim Ream) 90+1
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron (16-Jonathan Spector, 73), 15-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Tim Ream; 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Danny Williams, 36); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (9-Aron Johannsson, 79), 21-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 57)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 25-Greg Garza
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
BRA: 12-Marcelo Grohe; 2-Fabinho, 3-Miranda (capt.) (13-Marquinhos, 22), 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 17-Luis Gustavo (5-Fernandinho, 65), 24-Lucas Lima (22-Lucas, 63), 8-Elias; 19-Willian (10-Neymar, 46), 21-Hulk (9-Firmino, 46), 7-Douglas Costa (18-Rafinha, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jefferson, 11-Philippe Coutinho, 14-Gabriel Paulista, 15-Danilo, 16-Douglas Santos, 20-Kaká, 23-Alisson
Head coach: Dunga
Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2
USA – Michael Orozco (caution) 53rd minute
USA – Danny Williams (caution) 55
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)