The United States came from behind to beat Peru on Friday, putting them back on the right track after a disappointing Gold Cup. But while they did come away with a win, it wasn't as if it was a sterling performance. And that was just a mediocre Peru side. Next up is a much tougher opponent -- Brazil.
Unfortunately if Jurgen Klinsmann was hoping to test his team against the best, Brazil is not the best anymore. They're still a very good team, but far from their heyday. They're incredibly dependent on Neymar, a player currently feuding with manager Dunga and spending an indordinate amount of time on the bench. No longer do they have incredible depth either. This match will test the Americans, but it's not the impossible uphill battle that playing Brazil was years ago.
It won't be a particularly good atmosphere, with ticket prices (as well as the struggles of both national teams) keeping many fans away from the match. It would be a shock if more than 30,000 people were in attendance at the 68,000-seat venue.
The match kicks off at 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show from the field at Gillette Stadium, hosted by Bob Ley, along with Kasey Keller and Rubens Pozzi. Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will be in the booth for the match, assisted by Monica Gonzalez field-side.
In addition to the English-language coverage, ESPN will provide the stream of the match on Watch ESPN. UniMas has the Spanish-language duties.
Match date/time: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
TV: ESPN2 (English), UniMas (Spanish)
Streaming: Watch ESPN