The US Men’s National Team host perennial world power Brazil Tuesday night at 7:00 pm CDT at the newly updated Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This will be the first action for the USMNT since their elimination from the 2010 World Cup at the hands of an opportunistic Ghana team. The game will be televised on ESPN 2 and Univision.
USMNT Coach Bob Bradley has brought in a mixture of experienced World Cup veterans and some newcomers for his Tuesday night squad. Most interesting among the newcomers is LA Galaxy 2009 Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez. The defender has been selected to replace Chad Marshall, and with the age on the UMSNT’s backline, getting some caps for Gonzalez is a great idea. Some question whether Gonzalez has the speed to be an elite player at the international level, but the 6’5″ Texan was an All-American at the University of Maryland and has proven to be a high quality MLS defender. He has featured in 48 matches so far for the Galaxy since 2009.
Schalke 04 defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones was also originally selected for the USMNT squad for this friendly, but Jones decided to concentrate on his training with Schalke 04, a wise decision considering how much time he missed with injury. Still, it will be interesting to see the 28-year-old in an American uniform soon. His place on the roster was taken by forward Jozy Altidore, who, according to a recent Goal.com report, is going to sign a long-term deal with elite Turkish club Besiktas. Midfielder Sacha Kljestan, off to a good start for Belgian club Anderlecht, returns to the squad. World Cup veterans such as Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo and Benny Feilhaber were selected for Bradley’s squad.
The Brazilian national team is under a new manager, as Mano Menezes has replaced Dunga after Brazil’s disappointing World Cup run. Menezes has vowed to return the flair to the Brazilian squad that was missing under the direction of the conservative Dunga. Menezes’ selections for this friendly include youngsters like Neymar and Ganso, and although he didn’t select many of the Brazilians who represented in South Africa this summer, he will stay have plenty of talent on hand with the likes of Carlos Eduardo, Dani Alves, Robinho and Alexander Pato around.
Brazil and the US national teams last met for the Confederations Cup championship in June, 2009. In that contest, the US jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan before a second half brace by Luis Fabiano and the game winner by Lucio gave Brazil the title.
USMNT Roster for Brazil Friendly: Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez, Jonathan Spector Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Sacha Kljestan Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez