Tough night for the U.S.

May, 30, 2012

• The U.S. has lost nine straight matches against Brazil since upsetting the reigning World Cup champs in the 1998 Gold Cup semifinals. The nine-game slide is the second-longest run for the U.S. versus any country, topped only by a 10-game losing streak against Mexico, from 1937-57.

• This was the sixth friendly against a World Cup winner since the 2010 World Cup for the United States, which defeated Italy and lost to Brazil (twice), Argentina, Spain and France. The only other country to face as many World Cup winners in that time span is Chile, but half of its six games were in either World Cup qualifying or the Copa America.

• Despite the final score, the U.S. actually outperformed Brazil in the second half in a number of categories, yet goals did not follow the home side's increased production.

• One positive for the USMNT was midfielder Michael Bradley. Bradley completed a team-high 53 passes just four days after completing a game-high 63 passes against Scotland. It was Bradley's through ball to Fabian Johnson that led to the only U.S. goal, scored by Herculez Gomez.

Bradley has now completed four through balls in his past two matches, three more than any other USMNT player has completed since Jurgen Klinsmann took over.

• For Brazil, the star was left back Marcelo. He completed a game-high 60 passes, had a game-high five tackles and successfully dribbled past U.S. defenders three times, also a game-high. The Real Madrid player also added four pass interceptions and a beautiful assist on the Brazil's fourth and final goal, setting up AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.


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