Thursday, June 18, 2009

Confed Cup: Brazil - USA review

This photo was the story of the USA - Brazil game, in fairness.

I started the pre-match discussions saying that I would love to see USA play a 4-1-2-2-1 or a direct 4-3-3 formation in this manner:


Spector - DeMerit - Onyewu - Bornstein


Dempsey -Torres

Donovan - Adu


Yet, Bob Bradley chose to repeat the 4-5-1 formation that saw them lose 3-1 to Italy.

And how they paid the price.

3-0 was how they lost.

The goals began with a Felipe Melo header after a sweet freekick was delivered.

And then a text-book counter attack ensured that Robinho (pictured) slotted home the ball with the poise of a pro.

The final Brazilian nail drove into the American coffin when Douglas Maicon surged forward, exchanged passes with Kaka and hit the ball into the top left corner.

That goal fairly ensured that the USA may be out of the Confed Cup depending on who wins the Italy - Egypt game which is still ongoing.

As for the Samba boys, they have been simple and efficient with no unnecessary frills attached to their play. It was only after the last goal they began their teasing and passing-too-may-times game.

But they're through to the next round. For sure.