The United States Men’s National Team suffered a 2-0 loss to a star-studded Brazil team on Sept. 7 at MetLife Stadium.
Despite playing a youthful and energetic team, the U.S. Men’s National Team couldn’t break down the number three ranked team in the world.
Brazil striker Roberto Firmino proved to be too fast and lethal on the wing for the U.S. to handle, scoring in the 11th minute after winger Douglas Costa played in a cross after flying down the wing, beating USMNT left back Antonee Robinson with his pace.
The Americans would be at a disadvantage again in the 43rd minute when Brazil right back Fabinho was taken down in the box, giving Brazil a penalty.
Neymar would take the penalty and slot it home effortlessly, scoring his 58th international goals in all competitions.
Brazil pretty much controlled the rest of the game, with neither team scoring in the second half.
Although Brazil won, there were mostly positives to take from this game.
Despite the U.S. not scoring and the attacking duo of Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood missing the creativeness of Christian Pulisic, this young U.S. tem showed great potential.
Left back Antonee Robinson showed his pace and ability to be lethal on the wing, almost serving as a left wing-back.
With Robinson only being 21 years of age, he still has plenty of time to improve.
U.S. defender Matt Miazga really shined in this game.
The 23 year old New Jersey native, currently playing at Nantes in France on loan from Chelsea FC, demonstrated his incredible defensive capabilities by turning himself into a brick wall.
While the U.S. were repeatedly exposed on the wings, Miazga made it near impossible for the brazilian attack to penetrate the american defense.
He repeatedly stopped Neymar in his tracks, which is a pretty noteworthy feat considering Neymar is considered one of the best players in the world.
Miazga looks to be in a pretty good position to cement a permanent spot in the U.S. Men’s National team roster for the years to come.
Even though there were plenty positives from this loss and it was only a friendly match, this game definitely showed us that the team needs more creativity up front.
The U.S. seemed to be lacking in attack and didn’t cause too many problems for Brazil.
Obviously, the team has plenty of time to fix all these issues, but fans hope to see some improvement when the USMNT play their fiercest rivals Mexico in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, Sept. 11th.
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