For the United States, they enter this game fresh off their 5-1 dismantling of Scotland, who simply could not handle Landon Donovan.
The American playmaker notched a cleanly taken hat trick and also two assists. He may never have a better day as a professional as long as he plays.
Yet it was more than simply one player for Klinsmann's team. They finally looked like the high-energy, free flowing force that he's been searching for.
The probable lineup that Jurgen will run with looks like this:
(4-2-3-1): (Goalie) Tim Howard
(Right Back) Steve Cherundolo, (Center Back) Oguchi Onyewu, (Center Back) Carlos Bocanegra, (Left Back) Fabian Johnson
(Center Midfield) Michael Bradley, (Center Midfield) Jermaine Jones, (Right Attacking Midfielder) Landon Donovan, (Center Attacking Midfielder) Clint Dempsey, (Left Attacking Midfielder) Jose Torres
(Striker) Jozy Altidore.
Brazil will not field a completely full strength team, with players like Dani Alves and Ganso.
For almost any other team in the world, these would be major losses. For Brazil though, they are minor inconveniences.
This is especially true given that Brazil will finally be able to include arguably their best (and most exciting) young player, Neymar.
Though he didn't play in Brazil's 3-1 win over Denmark a few days ago, he's expected to factor in Washington.
The Brazilian lineup may look something like this:
(4-2-2-2): (Goalie) Jefferson
(Right Back) Danilo, (Center Back) Thiago Silva, (Center Back) Juan, (Left Back) Marcelo
(Defensive Midfield) Romulo, (Defensive Midfield) Sandro, (Attacking Midfield) Oscar, (Attacking Midfield) Lucas
(Striker) Hulk, (Striker) Neymar.