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U.S. Men’s National Team Confederations Cup Update
Johannesburg
June 26, 2009

CONFEDERATIONS CUP FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR THE U.S.: The U.S. Men’s National Team arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday in plenty of time to see Brazil top South Africa 1-0 to set up a Group B rematch in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final on Sunday, June 28. While the U.S. Men are in their first-ever FIFA tournament final, five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil are making their fourth appearance in the Confederations Cup final and looking for their record-setting third title. The finalists will meet on Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. ET live on ESPN and Univision, and fans can follow online at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Both ESPN and Univision will air live pregame shows, with kickoff slated for the bottom of the hour. South Africa and Spain, meanwhile, will face off at 8:55 a.m. ET the same day in the third-place match live on ESPN2 and Univision.

FIFA Confederations Cup Schedule

Round Date Match Time TV Venue
Third Place June 28 South Africa vs. Spain 8:55 a.m. ET ESPN2 & Univision Royal Bafokeng Stadium; Rustenburg
Final June 28 U.S. vs. Brazil 2:25 p.m. ET ESPN & Univision Ellis Park; Johannesburg

PARDON THE INTERRUPTION: U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore will be the featured guest today on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption during the show’s “Five Good Minutes” segment at 5:30 p.m. ET. The 19-year-old Altidore scored the winning goal in the USA’s 2-0 stunning upset of Spain in the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Altidore will join the show via satellite from Johannesburg, where the team is preparing for the tournament final against Brazil. “PTI” is hosted by Washington Post columnists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, who debate the latest sports topics in a fast-paced format. During “Five Good Minutes”, the two interview a sports figure, writer, or analyst for what is typically the longest single segment of the show.

PREVIEWING THE FINAL: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley and captain Carlos Bocanegra spoke today at press conference in Johannesburg previewing the final. Read what Bradley and Bocanegra had to say, or listen to the press conference via this ussoccer.com podcast.

RECAPPING THE HISTORIC VICTORY: In what is already being considered one of the greatest victories in U.S. Soccer history, the U.S. got goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey to stun No. 1-ranked Spain 2-0 and advance to their first ever men’s final in a FIFA tournament. Altidore ignited the upset with a fantastic show of strength and skill to score from the top of the 18-yard box in the 27th minute, while Dempsey surprised the Spaniards to provide the insurance goal in the 74th minute. Altidore’s goal snapped a 451-minute shutout streak for Spain that dated back to an April 1 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Turkey. Tim Howard, who returned to goal after resting for the final group match against Egypt, made eight saves to match an impressive performance by the U.S. defense, which shutout Spain to snap their world record 15-game winning streak and 35-game unbeaten streak. The U.S. improved to 2-7-1 against the top team in the FIFA World Rankings and leveled their 2009 Confederations Cup record at 2-2-0 overall, with six goals scored and six allowed. The U.S. was the first team to shutout Spain since Italy did so at Euro 2008. The win was the first victory by a CONCACAF team against Spain, and the match marked the first time in 29 games that Spain allowed two goals.

ussoccer.com HAS EXCLUSIVE ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: Following the memorable victory against Spain, ussoccer.com caught up with a few of the players that had a hand in the historic win in Bloemfontein. ussoccer.com has an exclusive all_access video piece on the team's reaction to earning a first-ever berth in the final of a FIFA tournament. View the video at ussoccer.com.

QUICK HITS

  • Michael Bradley is unavailable against Brazil after receiving a red card in the 87th minute of the semifinal.
  • If a player receives a red card in Sunday’s final, he will be suspended for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener on July 4 against Grenada in Seattle.
  • After defeating Spain, the U.S. is 2-7-1 all-time against the top-ranked team in the world since the rankings began in 1993. Bob Bradley personally holds a 1-1-1 record against the No. 1 team.
  • Brazil hasn’t allowed a goal in their last 305 minutes of action in the Confederations Cup, while the U.S. hasn’t allowed a goal in their last 208 minutes.
  • U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra made his first appearance at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup against Spain after missing the three group matches with a hamstring strain.
  • Bocanegra, a mainstay as a central defender for the past two years, started at left back against Spain, his first appearance there for the U.S. since March 25, 2007, in a 3-0 win against Ecuador.
  • Jonathan Spector and Jay DeMerit have stepped in to start and play 90 minutes in four straight games for a total of 360 minutes each. For each, that’s more minutes than he played for the U.S. from June 10, 2007, until the start of the Confederations Cup (a span of 31 games). Before that span of games began, the duo last started and played 90 minutes together on June 9, 2007, in a 2-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Along with Spector and DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu and Landon Donovan have played every minute for the U.S. Clint Dempsey has played all but three minutes, and Michael Bradley played every minute until his red card with four minutes left in the Spain match.
  • Sunday’s match against FIFA No. 5 Brazil will be the eighth time the U.S. has faced one of the top five-ranked teams in the world since the start of 2007. The U.S. has a 1-5-1 record against Argentina (twice), Brazil, Italy and Spain (twice) under Bradley.
  • The U.S. has an all-time record of 8-18-1 against teams ranked five or higher since the FIFA World Ranking began in August 1993. At neutral sites, the U.S. is 3-8-0 against top five teams.
  • The last Brazil match was just the sixth time in 42 games under Bradley that the U.S. has surrendered three or more goals, with top-five teams accounting for four occurrences (Argentina, Brazil [twice], Italy).
  • The shutout by Brazil in group play ended the second longest streak of consecutive games with a goal for the U.S. at 15 games. The U.S. was shut out for the first time since a 0-0 draw against Argentina in 2008. The record for consecutive games scoring for the U.S. is 23, from May 13, 2004, until July 9, 2005.
  • The U.S. has posted one win in 14 tries against Brazil. The singular win, in a 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal, was in fact the victory that clinched the USA’s berth to the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico (Mexico, who won the 1998 Gold Cup, qualified for the Confederations Cup that year as host).
  • The U.S. has three previous meetings against Brazil at the Confederations Cup. In addition to last Thursday’s defeat, there was a pair of 1-0 losses in both 1999 and 2003. In both of the 1-0 matches, the tournaments Golden Shoe and Golden Ball winner scored the lone goal allowed by the U.S. in Ronaldinho (1999) and Adriano (2003).
  • The FIFA Confederations Cup is the 47th FIFA men’s competition in which the U.S. has participated. Only Brazil (60) has participated in more.
  • Heath Pearce, Marvell Wynne, Freddy Adu, José Francisco Torres and the third goalkeeper Luis Robles are yet to appear at the Confederations Cup. Danny Califf has been excused from the team camp to attend to family matters.
  • The U.S. is the first team in the history of a FIFA World Cup or FIFA Confederations Cup to advance to the next round with a 1-2-0 record in group play. In fact, the only other time a team with a 1-2-0 record finished in second place in a group was at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, when England finished ahead of the USA (which famously beat England in that event) and Chile. But in 1950, only the group winners advanced to the next stage.
  • Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 114 appearances, passing longtime U.S. captain Claudio Reyna (112) at the Confederations Cup to move into fourth place on the U.S. list. The USA’s all-time leader in goals (40) and assists (37) has one of each at the Confederations Cup, with his penalty kick goal against Italy being one of the deciding factors in U.S. advancement to the semifinals.
  • Donovan leads the team in minutes (810), assists (5) and points (11) in 2009, and is tied with Dempsey as the only player to start nine of the 10 U.S. games.
  • Dempsey continues to climb the all-time scoring lists for the U.S., and by scoring his 15th career goal, he is now tied with Cobi Jones for eighth on the all-time goal list. He also leapfrogged Claudio Reyna on the all-time points list and is now tied at ninth with Eddie Lewis with 36 points.
  • With his goal against Spain, Dempsey moved into a tie Bruce Murray and Brian McBride as the leading U.S. scorers with two goals each in Confederations Cup play. Overall, Mexico’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Brazil’s Ronaldinho hold the record with nine career goals in the tournament.
  • The U.S. team has been together, in part, since training camp opened on May 26 before two World Cup qualifiers at Costa Rica and home against Honduras. The team departed from Chicago on June 8 for South Africa, arriving to Pretoria on June 9.
  • South Africa marks the U.S. team’s fourth appearance at the FIFA Confederations Cup. The U.S. also appeared in Saudi Arabia (1992), Mexico (1999) and France (2003).
  • Of the 23 players on the roster, 16 are plying their trade in Europe – in nine different countries. Six play in Major League Soccer in the U.S., and Torres plays for Pachuca in Mexico.
  • South Africa 2009 is the eighth edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The tournament began as the Intercontinental Championship (King Fahd Cup) in 1992 and 1995, before becoming an eight-team tournament in 1997.
  • The U.S. has twice finished third at the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 1992, the U.S. was third out of four teams, and it 1999 they were third of eight teams.
  • Following the conclusion of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. returns to home soil to defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup title from July 3-26 in 13 venues across the United States.
  • Four players on the roster – Adu, Charlie Davies, Pearce and Robles – were named to the USA’s 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad and will report to Seattle two days after the final.
FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP FINAL STANDINGS & RESULTS
Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Spain 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
South Africa 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Iraq 3 0 1 2 0 1 -1 2
New Zealand 3 0 2 1 0 7 -7 1

 


June 14
South Africa 0, Iraq 0
New Zealand 0, Spain 5

June 17
Spain 1, Iraq 0
South Africa 2, New Zealand 0

June 20
Iraq 0, New Zealand 0
Spain 2, South Africa 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Brazil 3 2 0 0 7 3 +4 6
USA 3 1 2 0 4 6 -2 3
Italy 3 1 2 0 3 5 -2 3
Egypt 3 1 2 0 4 7 -3 3


June 15
Brazil 4, Egypt 3
USA 1, Italy 3

June 18
USA 0, Brazil 3
Egypt 1, Italy 0

June 21
Italy 0, Brazil 3
Egypt 0, USA 3

Semifinals
June 24: USA 2, Spain 0
June 25: Brazil 1, South Africa 0

FUTSAL FOOTNOTE: While the FIFA Confederations Cup is the first appearance for any outdoor U.S. Men’s team in a FIFA final, the U.S. has appeared in one other final on the men’s side in a FIFA event – the final of the 1992 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Hong Kong. The U.S. team included Men’s National Team players Jeff Agoos, Fernando Clavijo and others as they combined a 4-1-2 record before advancing to the final to face – you guessed it – Brazil. The U.S. fell in the final by a 4-1 margin, but the tournament stands as the best showing in the U.S. Futsal National Team’s 24-year history.

IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
Founded: 1914 (Joined FIFA in 1923)
Head Coach: Dunga
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Best FIFA Confederations Cup Finish: Champions (1997, 2005)
Caps Leader: Cafu (142)
Top Scorer: Pelé (77)
Key Players: Kaká, Robinho, Lucio

U.S. HISTORY AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Men's National Team has met Brazil the most out of any of the teams in the FIFA Confederations Cup, going 1-13-0 in a series that dates to 1930. It was not until 1994 that the teams met in competitive play, with more than 84,000 spectators at Stanford Stadium witnessing Brazil defeat the U.S. 1-0 in the second round of the 1994 World Cup. The USA's only victory against Brazil came in memorable circumstances during the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller turned in one of the great goalkeeping performances of his illustrious career, and a second half goal from Preki gave the U.S. an unlikely victory against the reigning world champions. The two nations also have a history in the Confederations Cup, having met twice before in tournaments past. In 1999 Brazil edged out a 1-0 win in the group stages in Guadalajara, Mexico, and four years later the two sides played out the same result at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France. Since Bob Bradley took the U.S. helm in 2007, the U.S. is 0-2-0 against Brazil with a 4-2 loss in Chicago on Sept. 9, 2007, to go along with the 3-0 defeat in group play at this tournament.

BRAZIL’S BOUNTY: Brazil’s reputation as the best team in the world is built on a long history of international success. Consider the following:

  • Brazil is the only country to play in all 18 World Cups.
  • They have a lifetime record of 60-13-14, with 191 goals for and 82 goals against in World Cup play
  • Five-time World Champions: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
  • Eight time Copa America Champions: 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007
  • Confederations Cup Champions: 1997, 2005
Brazil joins France as the only two-time winners of the Confederations Cup and have participated in every tournament since 1997. They are the only carry-over team from the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany. In seven tournament appearances, Brazil has won 17 of 27 games with 61 goals scored.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: In the 2007 Copa America final, Brazil stunned an in-form Argentina team 3-0 on goals by Robinho, Julio Baptista and Daniel Alves – all of whom have made the trip to South Africa. Manchester City forward Robinho led all scorers at Copa America with six goals. Brazil stumbled a bit in group play, losing their opener 2-0 to Mexico, before consecutive victories against Chile and Ecuador saw them through to the quarterfinals. Brazil would dismantle Chile 6-1 in the countries’ second meeting in the quarterfinals, but needed a save by Doni and a conversion by Gilberto in the seventh round of the penalty kick tiebreaker to get past Uruguay after a 2-2 tie in the semifinals.

BRAZIL TOURAMENT RECAP: In four games in South Africa, Brazil is a perfect 4-0-0 while allowing three goals and scoring a tournament-leading 11. Brazil opened their campaign against Egypt, earning a 4-3 victory. Goals by Kaká, Luis Fabiano and Juan were answered by Mohamed Zidan (2) and Mohamed Shawky. The game was tightly contested, and only a Kaká penalty kick in stoppage time (earned by a goal line handball by Ahmed Al Muhamadi, who was promptly sent off with a red card) gave the three-time Confederation Cup winners the victory. In their second game, Brazil came out strong with Felipe Melo and Robinho scoring in the first 20 minutes against a tentative U.S. team. Brazil continued to control the game, with Maicon scoring a third goal five minutes after a 57th-minute ejection for Sacha Kljestan. In their final group match, Brazil put three more goals on the board against Italy, giving the U.S. the exact result it needed to advance to the semifinals ahead of Italy and Egypt. Luis Fabiano scored a pair of goals in a six-minute span before an own goal in the 45th minute closed the scoring. In the semifinal against South Africa, Brazil was held scoreless until the 88th minute when substitute Daniel Alves drilled an 18-yard free kick set up by a foul on Ramires just outside of the penalty area.

GETTING HERE: The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup by virtue of a 2-1 come-from-behind win against regional rival Mexico on June 24, 2007, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. After falling behind in the 34th minute, Landon Donovan tied the game with a 62nd-minute penalty kick and 11 minutes later Benny Feilhaber hit a one-time, full volley into the upper left corner from the top of the penalty area to clinch the U.S. win. Nine of the 11 U.S. starters from that game are on Bob Bradley’s Confederations Cup roster: Tim Howard, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Clint Dempsey, Feilhaber, DaMarcus Beasley and Donovan. Ricardo Clark appeared in the final as a halftime substitution and is also in South Africa.

AT THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP – U.S. HISTORY: South Africa 2009 is the fourth U.S. appearance at the FIFA Confederations Cup. The U.S. played the first-ever game in the tournament, a 3-0 loss to hosts Saudi Arabia in 1992 when the tournament was then known as the King Fahd Cup. The U.S. went on to finish third in that event with a 5-2 victory against Ivory Coast, but would not return until the 1999 edition came just south of the U.S. border in Mexico. There, the U.S. would repeat the success of 1992, albeit with a field doubling in size from four to eight. The U.S. posted victories against New Zealand and Germany in group play, but fell to hosts Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the semifinals. Against Saudi Arabia in the third-place match, the U.S. earned the bronze with a 2-0 victory. In 2003, the U.S. again qualified as CONCACAF Gold Cup winners, and were set to face-off against Turkey, Brazil and Cameroon in group play. A pair of one-goal losses to Turkey and Brazil in the first two games saw an inexperienced U.S. team packing its bags before managing a 0-0 draw in the group finale to eventual runner-up Cameroon.

RETURN TO AFRICA FOR U.S.: The U.S. returns to South Africa less than two years after an extremely unique visit on Nov. 17, 2007, to face the Bafana Bafana in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. The U.S., along with Brazil and Egypt, are the only countries that played on South African soil prior to arriving for the Confederations Cup. The U.S. traveled and played 17 players, 15 of whom are on the Confederations Cup roster. Steve Cherundolo, who scored the winner for the U.S., and Maurice Edu, who earned his first career point with the assist, are absent this time around due to aforementioned injuries.

HOPING FOR A THIRD TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA: After five of 10 games, the U.S. sits in second place in the CONCACAF region’s FIFA World Cup qualifying, two points behind Costa Rica. The difference between the top two teams in the standings is the result of a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica suffered by the U.S. on June 3 on the artificial surface of San Jose’s Saprissa Stadium. Following the loss in Costa Rica, the U.S. defeated Honduras on June 6, in Chicago to continue an undefeated run in home qualifiers that dates to 2001. The road to South Africa started for the U.S. with a 9-0 aggregate win in a two-game series against Barbados, and continued in the fall as the U.S. posted a 5-1-0 record in the CONCACAF semifinal round in a group with Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Cuba.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING UPDATE: The fourth and fifth match days of CONCACAF qualifying wrapped up, with the majority of games taking place on Saturday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 10. To get a head start on their departure to South Africa, FIFA granted the U.S. permission to move up their qualifier at Costa Rica to June 3. The top three teams in the hexagonal table automatically earn berths to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while the fourth-place team will face a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place finisher in South America. The next set of games is slated for Aug. 12, when the U.S. travels in an attempt to earn their first victory against Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca – the host venue for the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup final.

Teams GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Costa Rica 5 4 1 0 9 5 +4 12
United States 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4 10
Honduras 5 2 2 1 6 6 0 7
Mexico 5 2 3 0 5 7 -2 6
El Salvador 5 1 2 2 6 7 -1 5
Trinidad & Tobago 5 0 3 2 5 10 -5 2

SUMMER OF SOCCER: In addition to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the resumption of FIFA World Cup qualifying, the U.S. will look to defend their two consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup titles between July 3 and 26 in cities across the United States. Two days after Sunday’s final in Johannesburg, the U.S. will gather in Seattle where the U.S. team and staff will regroup to prepare for the opening game against Grenada on July 4 at 6 p.m. PT at Qwest Field. The team then crosses the country to face Honduras on July 8 at 9 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before rounding out group play against Haiti on July 11 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET. All of the U.S. matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and the Univision networks, with all three group games airing on TeleFutura. Bradley has named a 23-player roster, which carries over Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Heath Pearce and Luis Robles from the team in South Africa. It also includes the return of regular starters Steve Cherundolo and Brian Ching from injury, and 16 players with five or fewer caps.

BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 42 games under his belt, seeing more than 70 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past two years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:

  • won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15)
  • defended the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008)
  • won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
  • won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
  • played six matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-2, Italy, Spain-2)
  • played matches on four continents and the FIFA Confederations Cup will be his third major tournament
  • posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Record
All-Time: 27-11-4
Qualifying: 10-2-1
Goals For: 80
Goals Against: 42
Shutouts: 18

Record vs. ...
CONCACAF: 16-2-3, 44 GF, 14 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-5-1, 7 GF, 16 GA
UEFA: 6-4-0, 15 GF, 10 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA

Record when ...
Leading at half: 18-1-1
Losing at half: 1-4-1
Tied at half: 8-6-2

LAST TIME…
On the field for the USA
June 24, 2009 – Free State Stadium – Bloemfontein, South Africa; FIFA Confederations Cup – Semifinal
USA       2    Jozy Altidore 27, Clint Dempsey 74
Spain    0

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 21-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Jay DeMerit, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Ricardo Clark, 12-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (2-Jonathan Bornstein, 88); 9-Charlie Davies (22-Benny Feilhaber, 69), 17-Jozy Altidore (4-Conor Casey, 84)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 23-Luis Robles, 6-Heath Pearce, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Marvell Wynne, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 19-Freddy Adu, 20-José Francisco Torres
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


ESP: 1-Iker Casillas (capt.); 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carlos Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 10-Cesc Fabregas (20-Santi Cazorla, 68), 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi Hernandez, 18-Albert Riera (22-Juan Manuel Mata, 77); 7-David Villa, 9-Fernando Torres
Subs not used: 13-Diego Lopez, 23-Pepe Reina, 2-Raúl Albiol, 4-Carlos Marchena, 6-Pablo Hernandez, 12-Sergio Busquets, 16-Fernando Llorente,17-Daniel Güiza, 19-Alvaro Arbeloa, 21-David Silva
Head Coach: Vicente del Bosque


On the field for Brazil
June 25, 2009 – Ellis Park Stadium – Johannesburg, South Africa; FIFA Confederations Cup – Semifinal
Brazil              1   Daniel Alves 88
South Africa   0

BRA: 1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 14-Luisao, 16-Andre Santos (13-Daniel Alves, 82); 5-Felipe Melo, 8-Gilberto Silva, 10-Kaká, 18-Ramires; 9-Luis Fabiano (20-Kleberson, 90+), 11-Robinho
Subs not used: 12-Victor, 23-Gomes, 6-Kleber, 7-Elano, 15-Miranda, 17-Josue, 19-Julio Baptista, 21-Alexandre Pato, 22-Nilmar,
Not eligible: 4-Juan (injury)
Head coach: Dunga


RSA: 16-Itumeleng Khune; 2-Siboniso Gaxa, 3-Tsepo Masilela, 4-Aaron Mokoena (capt.), 14-Matthew Booth; 5-Benson Mhlongo, 8-Siphewe Tshabalala (21-Katlego Mashego, 90+), 10-Steven Pienaar (11-Elrio Van Heerden, 90+), 12-Teko Modise (9-Katlego Mphela, 90+), 13-Kagisho Dikgacoi, 17-Bernard Parker
Subs not used: 1-Rowen Fernandez, 22-Brian Baloyi, 7-Lance Davids, 15-Innocent Mdledle, 18-Thembinkosi Fanteni, 19-Bryce Moon, 20-Bongani Khumalo, 23-Morgan Gould
Head coach: Joel Santana


On the field for USA vs. Brazil
June 18, 2009 – Loftus Versfeld Stadium – Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa; FIFA Confederations Cup – Group B

USA      0
Brazil    3   Felipe Melo 7, Robinho 20, Maicon 62

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 21-Jonathan Spector, 15-Jay DeMerit, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 2-Jonathan Bornstein; 12-Michael Bradley, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 10-Landon Donovan, 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (4-Conor Casey, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (22-Benny Feilhaber, 60)
Subs not used:3-Carlos Bocanegra, 6-Heath Pearce, 9-Charlie Davies, 11-Marvell Wynne, 14-Danny Califf, 18-Brad Guzan, 19-Freddy Adu, 20-Jose Francisco Torres, 23-Luis Robles
Not eligible: 13-Ricardo Clark (suspension)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


BRA: 1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio (14-Luisao, 70), 15-Miranda, 16-Andre Santos; 18-Ramires, 8-Gilberto Silva, 10-Kaká (19-Julio Baptista, 69), 5-Felipe Melo; 11-Robinho, 9-Luis Fabiano (22-Nilmar, 69)
Subs not used: 12-Victor, 23-Gomes, 6-Kleber, 7-Elano, 13-Daniel Alves, 17-Josue, 20-Kleberson, 21-Alexandre Pato
Not eligible: 4-Juan (injury)
Head Coach: Dunga

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