Friday's 2-0 win over Peru was the dress rehearsal. The appetizer. Foreplay!
Tonight, the stars and stripes have more urgent business at hand: getting in form for next month's Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico.
Michael Bradley -- Il Generale -- is back in the fold after tending to his MLS responsibilities over the weekend. He joins amateur forward Jordan Morris and veteran goalkeeper Sean Johnson as late additions to the U.S. roster. In turn, Club Leon keeper William Yarbrough and Sporting Kansas City skipper Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs.
Something to watch tonight? Neymar, who probably doesn't need any extra motivation to perform on a major stage, has been beefing with Brazil gaffer Dunga over the extent of his role on a team aching to return to the top of the soccering world. Will the Americans find themselves the victims in the star man's redoubled efforts to distinguish himself in the eyes of his federation?
The wait is over: it's the USA versus Brazil. Brazil! Yes, that one! The stakes are rarely higher for a friendly match here in the states, so don't miss Rob Usry's preview over at Stars and Stripes FC, as well as Kevin McCauley's take on the state of U.S. striker development,.
HOW TO WATCH
CATCH TO FOXBOROUGH MAGIC:
STUART HOLDEN EDITION
PHACTS & PHIGURES
- U.S. captain Michael Bradley will be honored before the game for his 100th international cap, which he earned on July 7th versus Honduras.
- Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron, who grew up in Attleboro just minutes from tonight's venue, requested approximately sixty tickets for friends and family.
- Nantes attacking man Alejandro Bedoya played his college ball at Boston College in nearby Chestnut Hills.
- Foxborough has been kind to the Americans: their all-time record in the Boston suburb is a stately 17-2-5.
- The U.S. men boast one single win against the Seleção, a 1-0 grinder in the 1998 Gold Cup in which Kasey Keller produced ten saves for the stars'n'stripes.