Gulf in class still evident between U.S. and Brazil

September 10, 2007
By Frank Dell'Apa, Special to ESPNsoccernet
When the U.S. defeated Brazil 1-0 during the 1998 Gold Cup in Los Angeles, it required spectacular goalkeeping from Kasey Keller and a Preki spark coming off the bench. The Brazilians were greatly impressed with Keller, who made spectacular stops on Romario, and they were sufficiently surprised by Preki's cutback move which produced the only goal of the game. After the match, the Brazilian players were gracious losers but implied it would be a long time before they would lose again to the U.S.
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