US Men’s National Team Prepares For Friendly Showdown With World Power Brazil In New England

The United States men’s national soccer team has their sights set on another victory following a 2-1 win over Peru. Jozy Altidore shined against the Peruvians scoring twice while captaining the squad, but this follow-up match will be a true test, as they face the five-time World Cup champions Brazil, whose roster is just oozing world-class talent. When these two teams meet at Gillette Stadium tonight at 8:00 p.m., it will likely be a must-see explosive affair.

According to international reseller Ticketbis, tickets for this USA vs Brazil soccer clash have a current average ticket price of $108.95, although the get-in price looks to be much more reasonable, clocking in at $42.

Much has changed since these nations last met at FedEx Field in Landover, MD during May of 2012, which was well before the most recent World Cup when the United States put together an impressive performance. In their last meeting with Brazil, however, the U.S. was trounced, 4-1, and have an all-time record of 1-16 opposing the Brazilians on the pitch.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his squad are entering the final stretch before taking on Mexico on October 10, a match that will have severely important implications, as the winner will earn a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup. While a win against Brazil seems unexpected, it’s still possible despite their poor record facing them. When playing at Gillette Stadium, the United States has compiled a 10-2-2 record, although just about all of those games came against inferior competition.

Brazil enters this fixture after defeating Costa Rica last Saturday. Forward Hulk provided the only tally of the match as the Zenit Saint Petersburg star scored in the 10th minute, which proved to be the difference in the 1-0 victory. Coached by former player Dunga, Brazil’s roster contains ten players who took part in the 2014 World Cup.  

On display for the U.S. will be many fan-favorites and established players. The forwards joining Altidore include youngsters Bobby Wood, Jordan Morris, Andrew Wooten and rising stars Aron Johannsson and Gyasi Zardes. Klinsmann’s midfield will be lead by Michael Bradley, who was one of the few bright spots for the team during a disappointing 2015 Gold Cup. Defensively, there hasn’t really been a consistent lineup but those in the running to make an impact include Ventura Alvarado, John Brooks, Tim Ream, Geoff Cameron and Greg Garza.  

Altidore and  co. will line-up against an experienced Brazilian defense, which is anchored by the Paris Saint-Germain duo of David Luiz and Marquinhos. The full backs are by no means overshadowed, as Dani Alves and Filipe Luis  are also high-caliber individuals in their own right.

The Brazilian attack and midfield possesses some of the world’s biggest stars as well. At the top of this list is F.C. Barcelona forward Neymar, who was benched during their last outing against Costa Rica. Other attacking threats include Hulk, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas, and Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich. A pair of Chelsea F.C. teammates decorates a speedy midfield presence as Oscar and Willian are featured alongside Manchester City’s Fernandinho and Major League Soccer darling Kaka, who returns to the national team for the first time in almost a year.