Monday's soccer news starts with the USMNT's 2-0 friendly loss to Brazil. It was a game that played out as expected for a young USMNT side facing the vaunted Brazil attack. Had that attack done a better job playing together, it would've been even tougher for the USMNT. Neymar, Douglas Cosa, and Roberto Firmino struggled to give each other space in the final third, making things more difficult than needed. The USMNT defense responded, routing balls to goalkeeper Zach Steffen. Brazil only scoring once from the run of play was at least a partial win for the USMNT.
What didn't happen to the USMNT at MetLife Stadium did happen to Mexico against Uruguay at Reliant Stadium later on Friday night. Luis Suarez dominated for the Uruguay attack, making a 4-1 win seem even more lopsided. Suarez subbed out in the 68th minute scoring two of the four goals already on the board.
"Of course, the result was bad, no one is satisfied with losing 4-1," Ferretti said. "But if we put the result to one side and then [look] at the football, I think that football-wise I can be calm because I think they did okay."
Maybe, but for both of the Concacaf teams these kind of games have to resonate. To be better at world level means being competitive against the world's elite. There needs to be a clear understanding that a few changes and tweaks could turn a loss into something else.
Yahoo Sports' Leander Schaerlaeckens saw upside from what the USMNT did against Brazil. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy on both teams trending young. The Washington Post's Steven Goff profiles USMNT player Wil Trapp. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle has USMNT coach Dave Sarachan talking about the pressure with a game against Mexico.
AP's Graham Dunbar on the revenue for European clubs. Joe's Reuben Pindar with Real Madrid's proposal for renovating the Bernabeu. AS's Alvaro Gonzalez reports on the stadium issue for La Liga club Rayo Vallecano. The Guardian's Paul Wilson looks at what manager Manuel Pellegrini faces at West Ham United.
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