Allowing four goals doesn't boast much confidence for the back line of the USMNT. Of course against Brazil, any defense needs to be near perfect in order to overcome the skill and speed of the South Americans. Setting the four goals aside, there were some bright spots in the defense that maybe with some minor tweaks, can be a formidable wall for the national team.
Tim Howard (5): If it weren't for some remarkable saves, the scoreline would have been much worse. A key 1v1 save against Leandro Damiao in the 18th minute prevented the U.S. from going down 2-0 even earlier in the match. Howard can't be blamed for Neymar's penalty kick, and even though he could've done better with Thiago Silva's header, Howard was left dry for Brazil's third and fourth goals.
Steve Cherundolo (5): He had some good clearances and stepped in front of passes well throughout the match. The moments he chose to move forward were smart but still couldn't penetrate enough to cause much danger. He couldn't handle Brazil's speed though, letting Neymar zip past him several times.
Carlos Bocanegra (4): Bocanegra's biggest fault was his bad positioning during Brazil's third goal, letting Marcelo peel off from him to allow himself some space in front of goal. The U.S. captain did his job in the air, but his sluggishness was exploited on the ground. Bocanegra couldn't backtrack fast enough to prevent Pato reaching Neymar's cross which hit the crossbar.
Oguchi Onweyu (3): Onweyu was never a fast player, and that shows even more against fast teams like Brazil. His handball led to the penalty kick which Neymar converted for the first goal on the match. He was the defender that left Pato onside for the team's fourth goal. Onweyu was also very shaky in his footwork playing from the back. His only plus was getting behind Landon Donovan's corner kick which hit the crossbar.
Fabian Johnson (6): The lone positive in the American defense, Johnson gave Brazil too much space early on but was solid thereafter. He got forward very well and sent some great passes to the final third. Johnson's highlight came in the first half, when he received Michael Bradley's pass and laid the ball off to Gomez, which led to the Americans' lone goal. In the second half Johnson faked out his defender and sent a cross which Gomez set up for Clint Dempsey to almost score.