USA – Brazil Preview

United States national soccer team head coach Bob Bradley responds to a question from a reporter at a news conference in Irene June 27, 2010, one day after the U.S. team lost to Ghana in their second round match in the 2010 World Cup.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)


Tomorrow’s USA-Brazil friendly is the American’s most unpredictable match in quite some time. With the European season so close (ie, both squads will be without key players) and the managers on opposite ends of their contracts, the teams may look a bit unfamiliar to fans.

USA

With Bob Bradley set to manage what may be his last match in charge of Team USA, he’ll probably start what he considers his best available squad. Additionally, as with all friendlies, the lack of practice time before the game means fans are unlikely to see new tactics. Instead, FFG believes Bradley the Elder will use a lineup similar to what he used in the second halves of the Ghana and Algeria games: a 4-4-2 with Benny Feilhaber drifting inside to link with Michael Bradley. Landon Donovan and Maurice Edu will probably round out the midfield.

USA's Projected Formation

Up top, the recent call-up of Jozy Altidore (he replaces Jermaine Jones, who was allowed to stay with his club since he has yet to reach full fitness) gives the young striker another chance to audition as he continues to seek a new club. Robbie Findley was generally Altidore’s partner during the World Cup, but Findley’s ineffectiveness in South Africa, and Edson Buddle returning to form after the cup, could give Buddle the nod.

Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo are unquestioned starters along the back line.  Clarence Goodson and Jonathan Bornstein are the pair most likely to join them, though Bornstein’s July knee injury could hamper his involvement.

Expect plenty of substitutions, with Omar Gonzalez – a last minute replacement for Chad Marshall – likely to receive his senior debut.

Brazil

Brazil's Projected Formation

In contrast to Bob Bradley, Brazilian manager Mano Menezes will be filling out his first lineup card for his country, as he replaced the unpopular Dunga after the World Cup. FFG believes that Dunga received unfounded criticism from critics claiming he fielded an unattractive team, and with Menezes stating that he prefers a 4-2-3-1, Brazilian fans may find their team not quite as changed as they would like. But since Menezes called in a young squad for for tomorrow’s match (only 4 World Cup veterans are on the team), we’re likely to see players trying to impress their new manager. Due to this being Menezes’ first game in charge, it’s hard to predict his lineup, though FFG has given it a shot. Keep your eyes on Robinho, Dani Alves, and Alexandre Patro if you’re looking for a difference maker.

As we’ve mentioned, this match may be a bit unpredictable, even for a friendly. In fact, the USA, for once, will field a more experienced squad than Brazil, though the South American’s supremely talented youngsters will make an American victory difficult.

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  1. robinoz0 says:

    so, have they released anything about who might replace Bradley the elder?

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