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USMNT grabs historic draw against Brazil in pre- Copa America friendly

In front of a record-breaking crowd at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) held Brazil to a 1-1 draw, setting a positive tone ahead of the Copa America.

The 60,016 fans who filled the stadium marked the largest attendance ever for a USMNT match in Florida.

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The Stars & Stripes were determined to rebound from their recent 5-1 defeat against Colombia.

The U.S. team showcased resilience and composure, contrasting sharply with their previous outing.

The night began with a thrilling moment when Yunus Musah’s powerful long-range shot rattled the crossbar, signaling the USMNT’s intent.

However, it was Brazil who struck first.

In the 17th minute, a precise pass from Raphinha found Rodrygo, who slipped past defender Chris Richards to put Brazil ahead.

The early setback did not discourage the Americans, who responded swiftly.

Just nine minutes later, Christian Pulisic was fouled at the edge of the box and converted the resulting free kick with precision, beating Alisson to level the score.

Pulisic’s 26th-minute goal was his 29th international goal, bringing him just one shy of Brian McBride on the USMNT’s all-time scoring list.

Despite Brazil’s relentless pressure in the second half, the U.S. defense, bolstered by goalkeeper Matt Turner’s ten-save performance, held firm.

Turner, who had struggled against Colombia, redeemed himself with a series of crucial saves that frustrated the Brazilian attack.

The match saw both teams making tactical adjustments in the second half, with USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter opting for a more defensive approach.

The American backline, including Joe Scally, Chris Richards, Tim Ream, and Antonee Robinson, managed to block shots and clear threats, ensuring the draw held.

Despite Brazil’s efforts, which included dangerous plays from Vinicius Jr., Lucas Paqueta, and substitutes like Gabriel Martinelli and Endrick, they were unable to break through the American defense again.

The USMNT also had opportunities, with Pulisic and substitute Brenden Aaronson testing Alisson, who remained solid.

USMNT grab first ever draw against Brazil

Berhalter praised his team’s effort post-match, highlighting the teamwork and intensity displayed.

“We asked for teamwork and intensity, and that’s the type of effort that we saw today,” he said.

“The boys certainly delivered on that.”

This draw marks a significant milestone for the USMNT, who had not managed to avoid defeat against Brazil in their last 11 encounters.

It brings their all-time record against the five-time World Cup champions to 1-18-1.

The result also provides a much-needed confidence boost as the team prepares for the Copa America.

Ranked 11th by FIFA, the US has had a mixed start to 2024 with a record of 2-2-1.

Their Copa America journey begins on June 23 with a Group C opener against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, followed by matches against Panama in Atlanta and 15-time champions Uruguay in Kansas City, Missouri.


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Last modified: 19 June 2024
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