The United States National Soccer team lost an international friendly match to Brazil on Wednesday night 4-1. They entered the match on a five-match winning streak and left the match knowing there is still much to be done for them to compete at the highest level.
Brazil was led by young sensation Neymar who scored an early penalty and helped to set up two other goals. Also scoring for the Brazilians were Marcelo, Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva. The match was the first of a three-match tour the Brazilians were to play in the U.S.
The lone goal for the U.S. was scored by Herculez Gomez in just his first start since the World Cup in 2010. The American’s five match winning streak included a 1-0 win against Italy and 5-1 thrashing of Scotland.
Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann told the Americans they needed to be tougher and not in awe of the Brazilians. They need to be nastier, not hurt anyone, but to let the competitors know they were there.
With the win, Brazil is now 16-1 lifetime against the Americans, with a goal difference of 35-11. The U.S. team will play again on Sunday in Toronto against Canada, before opening the next round of World Cup qualifying matches at home on June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda. The June 8 game will be followed by a difficult match away at Guatemala on June 12, where fans can be very raucous and create an atmosphere that sometimes is difficult for the Americans to adjust to.