Five-time World Cup winners Brazil were too much for the U.S. Men’s National Team as the South Americans had no trouble taking the Stars & Stripes down 2-0 in a friendly match at the MetLife Stadium, in New Jersey, this Friday. Columbus Crew SC’s players Zack Steffen, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes all featured in the match.
Steffen, who recorded his fourth start for the National Team, conceded multiple goals in the international scene for the first time, but the 23-year-old goalkeeper wasn’t to blame for the American setback as there wasn’t much he could do in either of the Brazilian goals. He played the entire match.
Trapp, who captained the team for the sixth time on his seventh start, was involved on Brazil’s second goal, as a controversial penalty on him was called after Fabinho fell inside the box. The defensive midfielder, who remained in field for 83 minutes, had a decent match overall, connecting good passes in the center of the field and firing the only shot to go towards the Brazilian goal, at the 71st minute.
Zardes entered the match at the 70th minute to replace Bobby Woord and reached his 39th match for the Star & Stripes, but the Black & Gold forward had very limited impact in the game, barely touching the ball. He tried to head a cross to the target, but didn’t connect with the ball.
Brazil needed only 11 minutes to score first as winger Douglas Costa dribbled past fullback Antonee Robinson and crossed to Roberto Firmino tap it in from the six-yard box, not allowing Steffen to do much.
Ok, that was pretty— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 8, 2018
Douglas Costa with the speed move, Firmino puts away the cross. 1-0, Brazil. pic.twitter.com/M1iBo6Ceud
At the 43rd minute, Fabinho sprinted in to the American box and fell after minimal contact from Trapp. Neymar sent Steffen the wrong way to score the second from the penalty spot.
2-0, Brazil. Neymar scores his 58th international goal in the stadium where he got his 1st.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 8, 2018
But should it have been a penalty? pic.twitter.com/1wMNfq32gk
In the start of the second half, though, Crew SC’s goalkeeper denied the Brazilian star another goal as he used his leg to slow the Brazilian’s shot, allowing Matt Miazga enough time to clear the ball a couple of feet before the goal line.
The U.S. will be on the field again next Tuesday, when it faces rivals Mexico at the Nissan Stadium, in Nashville, Tennessee.