When a better team is in town, especially one of Brazil’s talent, sometimes you take it as a learning experience. And today, the USMNT did just that. They did not quiver, they fought hard until the end and actually played a respectable game.
Brazil’s first goal came in the 11th minute after winger Douglas Costa bear left back Antonee Robinson down the line with pace. He then placed a peach of a cross in to forward Roberto Firmino who converted the chance, there was nothing the USMNT could have done about that.
Ok, that was pretty— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 8, 2018
Douglas Costa with the speed move, Firmino puts away the cross. 1-0, Brazil. pic.twitter.com/M1iBo6Ceud
In the 43rd minute Brazil’s right back Fabinho was “taken down” in the box and Brazil was rewarded a penalty. Neymar convert the penalty kick pretty much effortlessly.
2-0, Brazil. Neymar scores his 58th international goal in the stadium where he got his 1st.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 8, 2018
But should it have been a penalty? pic.twitter.com/1wMNfq32gk
Other than that, Brazil had a chance cleared off the line. But from the USMNT perspective, they never really cause any danger to Brazil’s backline. Forwards Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes didn’t create much at all. They definitely missed the creative mind of Christian Pulisic.
One bright spot on the day was the center mid position. Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams held their own out there. There’s some serious potential out there with these two.
What’s next for the USMNT, they’ll take on Mexico this Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. Hopefully we see a better attacking effort.