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Brazil beats USA 4-1 in friendly at FedEx Field

On June 11, 2012

The United States men's team rode a five-game winning streak into last Wednesday's international friendly with Brazil at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, May 30 and left with a lopsided 4-1 loss.
Brazil capitalized early when U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu drew an inadvertent handball penalty. Rising Brazilian star Neymar beat veteran Tim Howard to the right corner (12') when the U.S. keeper guessed wrong leaping to defend the right.
Thiago Silva scored in the 26th minute to put Brazil up 2-0.
The U.S. team slowed the bleeding just before halftime when Herculez Gomez took a cross-goal dish from Fabian Johnson in for the score (45').
Seven minutes into the second half, Neymar assisted Marcelo Vieira on Brazil's third goal of the night. Viera started the fast break that led to score, beating five US players in the box (52').
Late in the match, Alexandre Pato corralled a Marcelo pass and fired a bullet into the back of net for Brazil's final goal of the night (87').
Brazil leads the all-time series 16-1. The United States stunned Brazil for their only win against the South American juggernaut in a 1-0 victory back in 1998 in semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The United States looks for redemption against Antigua & Barbuda on Friday, June 8 at Raymond James Stadium, down in Tampa, FL. Freddie Allen/DMVAS/DC


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