The United States under-23 National Team got off to a much better start in their second friendly with Brazil, but soon found themselves on the wrong side of a 5-1 rout.
After getting severely outplayed on Wednesday, it was a much better start for the Americans on this day. They found themselves with an early lead in the sixth minute when Dillon Serna whipped a free kick in front of the Brazilian's goal, and it was headed into the goal by one of the host's defenders. A breath of fresh air into the lungs of a deflated side after the loss earlier in the week.
The goal shot the Americans full of confidence and they enjoyed some nice spells of possession afterwards and had the best of the play for the first 20 minutes.
Brazil got their chances to pull even in that time frame, most notably when one cross-field ball caught out the U.S. back line that resulted in a mad scrabble in the box and a blocked shot.
Another golden chance fell to the hosts at the half hour mark when a free kick was blocked, but fell to an attacker in the box. He was stopped by Cody Cropper and the rebound was skied over an empty goal. The field started tipping towards the Brazilian attacking end after a good start by the U.S.
Finally all of the pressure would pay off when a slotted ball to the right side of the American's box found Gabriel in space, his low shot found it's way under Cropper and into the net to level the score five minutes before halftime.
Felipe Anderson from Lazio put Brazil in front right after the break. He found space on the right side of the box. His initial shot hit Cropper in the chest and bounced right back into his path and his follow up shot sneaked inside the near post.
Anderson, arguably the star of this Brazilian side, added the third goal for his team at the hour mark from a beautifully-struck free kick that curled beyond the reach of Cropper.
It continued to be a steady onslaught of attacks by the home side as the the U.S. offered very little resistance after a bright start.
Gabriel got a brace of his own to extend the score to 4-1 Brazil in the 81st minute after Cropper fumbled a shot into his path.
And then they scored again. 5-1. Luan.
The whistle finally blew putting the U.S. out of their misery.