There is still nearly a month to go until Brazil comes to Foxborough to play the United States Men's National Team (Sept. 8) in a friendly. But that hasn't stopped the South American powerhouse from naming a star-studded roster for the match.
Brazil manager Dunga has named a 23-man roster to face the USA that includes superstar Neymar, Orlando City's Kaka, and new Bayern Munich signing Douglas Costa.
One surprising omission from the roster is Liverpool's dynamic attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho. Despite his extraordinary exploits in the Premier League he has been deemed too inexperienced for the national team.
"We gave [Coutinho] a chance in Copa América," the Brazil manager said, according to reports. "You can't build with just youngsters, you need experience to help."
Despite Coutinho's absence, Brazil's midfield is still predictably loaded with talent. They will undoubtedly push the USMNT to their limit when the two teams meet.
The USMNT will take on the "Seleção" on September 8 at Gillette Stadium, just four days after hosting Peru at RFK Stadium.
Here's the full 23-man roster:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Grêmio), Alisson (Internacional)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Danilo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atlético-MG), Miranda (Internazionale), David Luiz (PSG),
Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal), Marquinhos (PSG)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Willian (Chelsea)
Lucas Lima (Santos), Kaká (Orlando City)
Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Lucas (PSG), Hulk (Zenit)