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Recap: USMNT suffer hard fought loss to Brazil, 2-0

Tough loss, much to approve upon

Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Brazil at USA Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Men’s National team suffered a hard fought loss to the number three ranked team in the world Brazil by the score of 2-0.

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.

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.

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.