U.S. versus Brazil

Plethora of mistakes dooms U.S. against Brazil

June 18, 2009
By Luke Cyphers
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Turns out the 2009 Confederations Cup wasn't an opportunity for the U.S. to show it can consistently play with the world's elite. The Yanks' timorous, mistake-filled 3-0 loss to Brazil proved that. In its dry run for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. was all wet.

In contrast to Monday's 3-1 loss to Italy, in which the U.S. performed valiantly, leading at halftime despite playing a man down from the 33rd minute, the Brazil match turned into an exhibition ...

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