Alex Silva and Alex dropped from Brazil roster

September 6, 2007

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Fenerbahce's Edu Dracena and Sporting Lisbon's Gladstone will replace injured defenders Alex and Alex Silva for Brazil's exhibition games against the United States and Mexico.

Alex Silva hurt a muscle in Sao Paulo's 0-0 tie against Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian league on Wednesday, while Chelsea's Alex has an injured ankle, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation said Thursday.

Brazil, the South American champion, plays the United States on Sunday at Chicago and Mexico on Wednesday at Foxborough, Mass., its final games before the start of World Cup qualifying in October.

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