USA vs. Brazil Live Blog: 2007 U-20 World Cup
Posted by Mike on July 6, 2007
Quick! Name 5 players on Team USA’s Under 20 World Cup Team! I’ll even give you two of them: Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore.
I can’t name five players either. The only other players whom I know are Michael Bradley (because he played in the Gold Cup) and Gabriel Ferrari (because he plays in Serie A). With the exception of Adu, you may not even know these names. However, they are the future of the Men’s National Team, and some of them will be suiting up in South Africa in 2010.
There is somewhat of a buzz for this game after the US destroyed Poland’s U-20 team (who had just beaten Brazil) by a score of 6-1, including three goals from Adu. Combined that with the senior team’s annihilation in Copa America, and this team is one of the few things that American soccer fans can look forward to between now and the Confederations Cup and World Cup Qualifiers in 2009.
There’s also the small fact that with a win, we can say we beat m—–f—ing Brazil in soccer.
7:32 pm: They’re showing tonight’s match on ESPN. The good news: it’s being broadcasted in English. The bad news: soccer is definitively more boring without Univision’s Fernando Fiore and Pablo Ramirez.
7:39 pm: The Brazilian goalkeeper reminds me of Bob Marley.
7:43 pm: Nothing quite says “North American Sporting Event” quite like AC/DC and Guns n’ Roses blasting through the PA system. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? How we fare in this game will determine my answer to that question.
7:49 pm, 5th minute: Neither team has dominated the game early, but team USA got the first corner kick. As a matter of fact, we got three of them.
7:50 pm, 6th minute: After three attempts, Brazil’s defense is finally able to get the ball out of harm’s way.
7:51 pm, 7th minute: Brazil’s Jo attacks and manages to draw a corner thanks to some excellent footwork. Watch out for Jo in this game and in the future.
Neither keeper has been challenged yet.
7:54 pm, 10th minute: Great passing by Brazil, but USA’s defense keeps it together and prevents a shot on goal.
7:55 pm, 11th minute: What a shot by Robbie Rogers. He fires a bullet from the left side 25 yards away, and Cassio has to make a leaping save and force a corner kick. Eventually, Brazil clears the ball.
7:58 pm, 14th minute: It looks like the junior American team is more aggressive and opportunistic than the senior team (at least the team that showed up to Copa America).
7:59 pm, 15th minute: Brazil’s Marcelo demonstrates excellent dribbling skills as he runs with the ball past two defenders. Once again, however, team USA is able to prevent a decent shot.
8:01 pm, 17th minute: Please, Jozy, tell me that wasn’t a flop attempt.
8:04 pm, 20th minute: One of the things that has really impressed me so far has been the USA U-20 team’s ability to recover quickly from defensive mistakes. With the senior team, defensive laspes often lead to goals for the other team.
8:06 pm, 22nd minute: Marcelo rifles a shot on goal, but Brad Seitz is there to make the save.
OHHH!!! Rogers sets up a near-perfect opportunity for Jozy Altidore, but he wasn’t able to deflect the ball enough in front of the net, and Cassio is able to make the save.
Robbie Rogers definitely looks like a player who could be on the senior team very soon.
8:09 pm, 25th minute: GOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!! Altidore drills a shot from outside the box, and puts it in the left side of net past the faked-out goalkeeper. 1-0, USA. Whooooooo!!!
8:11 pm, 27th minute: Wow. Mexican fans are everywhere, even in attendance at this game.
8:13 pm, 29th minute: Brazil gets a free kick outside the box, but Ji Parana’s attempt goes right into the keeper’s hands.
8:14 pm, 30th minute: Every time I see the Brazilians on the attack, I see Jo making it happen.
8:17 pm, 33rd minute: (stranger on the street) “Hey buddy, you wanna thrill? ‘Cuz I can, uh, hook ya up with a little hit of, uh…racism.” Kids, pay attention to the FIFA signs; just say no.
Seriously, do people still need to be reminded of this?
8:21 pm, 37th minute: so far, this game has been more exciting than anything I saw in Copa America by any team, except for Mexico’s performance against the senior Brazil team. A lot of attacking and scoring opportunities by both sides.
8:25 pm, 41st minute: Wow…Brazil had a near perfect opportunity to score on that play. The passing was great, a good cross by Amaral, and the defense was pretty much fooled. But no one was in front of the net to put it away and tie the game.
8:28 pm, 44th minute: As Brazil is getting more and more opportunities to score, I’m really beginning to get concerned about our defense. However, we haven’t broken yet.
8:31 pm: That’s the end of the first half. USA leads 1-0 on Jozy Altidore’s goal in the 25th minute. This has been an exciting game so far, but Brazil got more chances to score near the end of the half, If this continues in the second, team USA could well relinquish their lead.
8:47 pm, 47th minute: The second half has begun.
8:49 pm, 49th minute: Ouch. Dan Szetela just received a free kick right to the head. He seems to be OK, but that has to have caused some major brain damage.
8:50 pm, 50th minute: Early in the second half, Brazil continues to dominate possession of the ball, and get an early shot on goal, that requires an aggressive intervention by our keeper. I don’t like this at all.
8:54 pm, 54th minute: A great behind the back pass from Freddy Adu to Altidore, who gets another chance to score. But Brazil’s defense is all over him, and his outreached kick goes wide right.
8:56 pm, 56th minute: Renato Augusto hits a solid free kick, but Seitz is there to make the save again.
8:58 pm, 58th minute: Cassio’s hand pre-empts an attempted header by Adu.
Wait a minute…I had suspected that this game was being played on an artificial field, but I thought that FIFA explicitly required grass field for their major tournaments. What gives?
9:00 pm, 60th minute: Freddy Adu got got yellow carded.
I haven’t heard much from Jo so far in this half.
9:02 pm, 62nd minute: OHHHH!!! I thought for sure that Pato was going to tie this game. great passing by Brazil, but his kick hits the right netting side.
If you’re thinking odf watching Man vs. Wild right now, stay and watch this game; you can see Bear Grylls kill a Gila monster for food after the game.
9:04 pm, 64th minute: NOOOOOOO!!! Brazil Kicks a shot directly at the keeper, but he can’t grab the save, and Lima scores an ugly goal on the rebound. The game is tied, 1-1.
9:10 pm, 70th minute: This game has been really exciting, However, Adu and Altidore haven’t been able to make good out of potential scoring opportunities in the second half. Combine that with the facts that Brazil could score at any moment and that Seitz is allowing a lot of rebounds, and I am a bucket of nerve right now.
9:11 pm, 71st minute: Renato Augusto comes out of the game. He’s put in a very good night’s work for the Brazilians.
9:14 pm, 74th minute: Jo is an extroardinary athlete; he’s been able to make scoring chance out of seemingly non-existent opportunities.
9:15 pm, 75th minute: Fifteen minutes to play, and we’re tied at one. The game is beginning to get tense, but in particular for the Brazilians. With a loss, they could be eliminated from making it to the knockout stages.
9:19 pm, 79th minute: Brazil makes another substitution. Out with Lima, in with Luiz Adriano.
9:20 pm, 80th minute: Brazil takes another shot, and the USA gives them a wide berth, but the strike goes wide.
9:22 pm, 81st minute: GOOOOOLLLLLAAAAAAAZZZOOOOOOO!!!! Adu with unbelievable footwork in the back right corner, gets the ball into the box, and Altidore is there to put the ball into the open net! What a great game that Adu and Jozy have had tonight, and USA leads 2-1 with less than ten minutes to go! WHOOOOOOO!!!
9:24 pm, 84th minute: Another Brazil shot is stopped by Seitz.
I simply cannot overemphasize how fantastic that play by Adu was that led to the second goal. He was stuck in the corner against two defenders, and manged to dribble the ball several times without it touching the ground, until he kicked the ball over everyone’s head, threaded through the defenders, and retained the ball, attacking the box, all alone.
9:27 pm, 87th minute: Brad Seitz makes not one, but two spectacular save off the corner by Brazil to salvage the game. Trailing the American team with 3 minutes left, they have released the dogs, and they are attacking the net every chance they have. We’re not out of this yet.
9:29 pm, 89th minute: Tim Ward replaced an exhausted Tony Beltran for team USA.
I wonder how much stoppage time Brazil will get.
9:31 pm, 90+ minutes: Seitz makes the save off the free kick header by Brazil, but WTF? Four minutes of stoppage time? Where did that calculation come from? It’s going to be a long four minutes.
9:33 pm: In the final substitution of the game, Altidore heads to the sidelines, replaced by Dax McCarty.
9:35 pm: Brazil will get a free kick, and one last shot.
9:36 pm: And it’s over! USA wins, 2-1! In know it’s a U-20 game, but still, we beat m—–f—ing Brazil in an international game that mattered! That is HUGE!
Say it with me…WE BEAT BRAZIL IN THE WORLD CUP. Spectacular performances by Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore brought us the victory tonight. With this win, the Americans have won their group, and may have eliminated Brazil from the tournament. What an exciting game, and what a result.
Now, enjoy the victory and go watch Bear Grylls kill something.