U.S. versus Brazil

Second-half stumble against Brazil haunts U.S.

June 28, 2009
By Luke Cyphers
JOHANNESBURG -- In a Confederations Cup tournament full of firsts for U.S. soccer, the Americans claimed everything but first place.

They finished second because of a second-rate second half.

The Americans cruised, yes, cruised, to a 2-0 lead over Brazil, the first time in their history they'd scored two goals in the first half against the world power. But they saw a chance for their first-ever international title slip away after intermission, when they were outgunned and outmanned ...

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