In their 2-0 loss to the Brazilians, the U.S. Men's National Team once again proved that they can't play with opponents who perform at the highest level. The Brazilians sliced through the Yanks defense, dominated possession, and came out with an easy 2-0 win.
If the United States ever wants to consistently compete with the top teams in the world then they will need to fix some serious kinks in their armor. Here are a few thoughts from the game:
While Omar Gonzalez avoided making any major mistakes in his USMNT debut, he didn't exactly impress. Pato slipped by him time and time again, almost scoring multiple times before finally breaking through to make the score 2-0. While this was just a friendly, it did reinforce the thought that the Yanks defense can't keep up with any high flying attack while allowing the mids to maintain some form of offensive creativity.
Jozy Altidore did what he could when he entered the game in the second half. After receiving several long balls, he ran at defenders (which isn't his strong suit) and was eventually brought to a stop. Robbie Findley, however, shouldn't be getting anymore call-ups anytime soon. He looked downright awful, and it's safe to say I would rather have Charlie Davies at 75 percent than Findley at 100 percent.
Edu continued doing what he started in the World Cup, and that is being a calming presence in the Yanks midfield. Edu certainly deserves a shot at continuing to prove himself, especially after his main competition in Ricardo Clark self-imploded in the World Cup.
Bradley was winning balls in the midfield and tracking back to defend all night, and I wasn't ever surprised. While Bradley made a few iffy passes tonight, he was the Yanks' best and most reliable performer on the pitch yet again.