The United States will play Brazil on September 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. U.S. Soccer confirmed the long-rumored friendly against the world's sixth ranked team.
Brazil have been a frequent opponent for the U.S., coming to the country every few years for a friendly in a giant NFL stadium that inevitably sells out. This one will be no different, with all 68,756 seats undoubtedly filled come September.
It's surprising to see the U.S. go back to Gillette Stadium just three months after playing there in the Gold Cup. Prior to that, the stadium hadn't hosted the team for four years and now it will see them twice in three months. Unfortunately, Gillette Stadium has an artificial turf surface so this friendly, like the Gold Cup match, will likely be played on a terrible temporary grass field laid over the turf.
Brazil remain one of the biggest teams in the world, but they're not the best anymore. The team is unduly reliant on Neymar and don't have the team full of stars that they used to. Two consecutive quarterfinal exits in Copa America and the shellacking Germany laid on them in last year's World Cup have taken off some of the shine that Brazil used to have. The U.S. won't have an easy time against the Selecao by any means because Brazil are still a good team, but this isn't like taking on the best of the best anymore.
The U.S. now have their September schedule sorted out. The team will play Peru in Washington, D.C. on September 4 and with this match to follow, they have two friendlies lined up for the FIFA international dates. After that, they won't play again until October 9, when they have the Confederations Cup playoff.
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