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MNT Falls to Star-Studded Brazil 4-1 in Foxborough

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Sept. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team was defeated by Brazil, 4-1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Tuesday. 

Brazil got off to a quick start, with Hulk converting the game’s first goal in the ninth minute. In the second half, a pair of Brazilian subs pushed the Selecao into another gear. First it was Neymar, who buried a penalty kick minutes after coming on, and moments later Rafinha did the same, burying a goal soon after entering. Neymar, would tally again to extend the Brazil lead to 4-0. 

In the game’s waning minutes, Danny Williams buried a rocket from long-range, and the MNT was finally rewarded for its persistence.

The next time the MNT takes the field it will clash with archrival Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The match pits the champions of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups in a winner-take-all showdown for the right to represent the region at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

While the MNT match was being played, St. Vincent & The Grenadines advanced to the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by a 3-2 aggregate score against Aruba and will face the United States in Group C. The USA opens its 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign against the Caribbean nation on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
BRA– Hulk, 9th minute: Willian got past a pair of defenders and into the USA box on the right side. He lofted a cross towards a breaking striker on the left, but the ball bounced off the cross bar. The deflection rolled in front of the goal where it settled at the feet of Hulk, who evaded a tackle and promptly tapped in to give Brazil the early lead. USA 0, BRA 1

BRA- Neymar (penalty kick) 51st minute: David Luiz played a beautiful ball nearly 65 yards ahead to Neymar, who controlled it with a simple touch and moved in on the left-hand side of the USA box. Geoff Cameron hustled to catch up from behind as Neymar cut back, and the result was a foul that set that set Brazil up with a penalty kick. Neymar took it himself and buried his into the left corner of the goal off of the fingertips of a diving Guzan. USA 0, BRA 2

BRA– Rafinha (Lucas), 64th minute: After the U.S. threatened with an attack, Brazil responded with a counter of its own. The Selecao quickly advanced the ball up field and eventually found Rafinha on the left-hand side of the box. The Barcelona midfielder, who had just come on as a sub, took a nifty touch bouncing the ball behind his back and buried it to give Brazil a three-goal lead. USA 0, BRA 3

BRA- Neymar (Lucas), 67th minute: Just mutes after scoring the game’s third goal, Brazil rattled off another. Midfielder Lucas cut a diagonal ball through the USA box to Neymar, who dribbled through a group of defenders and then shot into the upper right corner. USA 0, BRA 4

USA- Danny Williams (Tim Ream) 91st minute: The U.S. found the net on a 28-yard blast from Danny Williams. U.S. defender Tim Ream played the ball out of the back to Williams who ran onto it and hammered home a picture-perfect shot. USA 1, BRA 4 FINAL (SEE GOAL) 

Coming up Next: #USAvMEX in the CONCACAF CUP
Location: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
Date: October 10, 2015
Opponent: Mexico (Winner advances to 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Prior to the match, captain Michael Bradley was honored on the field in celebration of having earned 100 caps with the MNT. The captain earned No. 100 in the opening match of the Gold Cup, a game the MNT won 2-1 against Honduras.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. now holds a 1-17-0 record all-time against Brazil.
  • The U.S. has proven that it wants to compete against the world’s top teams, with tonight’s matchup against Brazil being the MNT’s sixth against an opponent ranked in the top 20 of FIFA’s world rankings this year. The meeting was also the third in 2015 against a team ranked in the top six in the World.
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines has advanced to the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by a 3-2 aggregate score against Aruba and will face the United States in Group C. The USA opens its 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign against St. Vincent on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Jordan Morris returned for his first match since he was a part of the MNT’s win against Germany in June.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 29,308
Weather: 80 degrees; Clear 

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
BRA                            1          3          4 

BRA – Hulk                                         9th minute
BRA – Neymar (penalty kick)              51
BRA – Rafinha (Lucas)                         64
BRA – Neymar (Lucas)                        67
USA – Danny Williams (Tim Ream)      90+1 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron (16-Jonathan Spector, 73), 15-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Tim Ream; 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Danny Williams, 36); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (9-Aron Johannsson, 79), 21-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 57)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 25-Greg Garza
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

BRA: 12-Marcelo Grohe; 2-Fabinho, 3-Miranda (capt.) (13-Marquinhos, 22), 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 17-Luis Gustavo (5-Fernandinho, 65), 24-Lucas Lima (22-Lucas, 63), 8-Elias; 19-Willian (10-Neymar, 46), 21-Hulk (9-Firmino, 46), 7-Douglas Costa (18-Rafinha, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jefferson, 11-Philippe Coutinho, 14-Gabriel Paulista, 15-Danilo, 16-Douglas Santos, 20-Kaká, 23-Alisson
Head coach: Dunga 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Danny Williams (caution)           55 

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 29,308
Weather: 80 degrees; Clear 

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
BRA                            1          3          4 

BRA – Hulk                                         9th minute
BRA – Neymar (penalty kick)              51
BRA – Rafinha (Lucas)                         64
BRA – Neymar (Lucas)                        67
USA – Danny Williams (Tim Ream)      90+1 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron (16-Jonathan Spector, 73), 15-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Tim Ream; 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Danny Williams, 36); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (9-Aron Johannsson, 79), 21-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 57)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 25-Greg Garza
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

BRA: 12-Marcelo Grohe; 2-Fabinho, 3-Miranda (capt.) (13-Marquinhos, 22), 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 17-Luis Gustavo (5-Fernandinho, 65), 24-Lucas Lima (22-Lucas, 63), 8-Elias; 19-Willian (10-Neymar, 46), 21-Hulk (9-Firmino, 46), 7-Douglas Costa (18-Rafinha, 63)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jefferson, 11-Philippe Coutinho, 14-Gabriel Paulista, 15-Danilo, 16-Douglas Santos, 20-Kaká, 23-Alisson
Head coach: Dunga 

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 6 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)          53rd minute
USA – Danny Williams (caution)           55 

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
4th Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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New Zealand Confirmed as USA's Final Countdown to the Cup Opponent

New Zealand has been confirmed as the opponent for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s game on May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. 

The addition of New Zealand to the USA’s 2019 schedule means that eight of the 10 Countdown to the Cup opponents will be at the World Cup next summer and that the USA will play teams from all six FIFA Confederations: Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Oceania and Concacaf before heading to France.

2019 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP

Date

Opponent

Kickoff

Venue; City

Jan. 19

France

2:30 p.m. ET

Stade Océane; Le Havre, France

Jan. 22

Spain

2:30 p.m. ET

Estadio José Rico Perez; Alicante, Spain

Feb. 27

Japan – SheBelieves Cup

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

March 2

England – SheBelieves Cup

3:30 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

March 5

Brazil – SheBelieves Cup

8 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

April 4

Australia

7 p.m. MT

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

April 7

Belgium

6 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

May 12

South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

1:30 p.m. PT

Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

May 16

New Zealand – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

7 p.m. CT

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 26

Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods

12 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

June 11

Thailand - 2019 WWC

3 p.m. ET

Auguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, France

June 16

Chile – 2019 WWC

12 p.m. ET

Parc des Princes; Paris, France

June 20

Sweden – 2010 WWC

3 p.m. ET

Stade Océane; Le Havre, France

DID YOU KNOW...

  • New Zealand is coached by former Australia and USA head coach Tom Sermanni.
  • The Football Ferns recently won the Oceania Women’s Cup in dominating fashion, outscoring its opponents 43-0 over five games to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played New Zealand in a pair of friendlies in 2017, winning both games by 3-1 and 5-0 scores. Before then, the WNT beat the New Zealand, 2-0, in group play at the 2016 Olympics.

  • New Zealand was also the USA’s opponent at Busch Stadium during its preparation for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning 4-0 on a special afternoon in front of more than 35,000 fans as St. Louis native Lori Chalupny scored one of the goals.
  • The match will mark the 14th time the U.S. WNT has played at a baseball park, but it will be just its fourth game at a Major League Baseball venue. 

COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP TICKETS
Tickets for USA vs. New Zealand and all eight domestic matches of Countdown to the Cup, go on sale to the public Thursday, Dec. 13 through ussoccer.com at 10 a.m. local time for that venue. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

For all eight domestic matches of Countdown to the Cup, Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.
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