Saturday, July 07, 2007

US U-20 beat Brazil 2-1

US 2-1 Brazil
U-20 World Cup

The under 20 men gave a US soccer fan something big to cheer about last night as they pulled off a fantastic win against Brazil. The game was a fast pace effort on both sides of the pitch but thanks to a great deal of work from Freddy Adu, the red, white and blue walk out with the win and first place in their group.

Brazil had a number of dangerous chances but the US was able to swarm them with their defense and force a turn over or bad shot. When Brazil did get something on target Chris Seitz normally found his way into position to make the save.

Up top, Adu was leading the charge even though Altidore is the one who got the goals. Adu setup Altidore for his first goal and it was an Adu deflected shot that fell to his feet for the second goal and goal number two was a great one. Adu broke through the Brazilian defense, lost a man got into the area, hard fired a shot that was deflected to the other side of goal where Altimore was waiting to tap it in. How many times have we seen the US senior men have a similar chance only to find there is no one on the far side to collect the rebound?

It is a great victory for the USA, but there is still a defensive issue in that there seems to be a problem of communication between Seitz and his backline. The Brazil goal was an ugly little bouncer that seemed to be caused in part by the defender and goalie both going for the ball, thus colliding and setting it free. This lack of claiming the ball popped up a couple other times resulting in frightening situations.

Still, it was a wonderful night for the U-20s and they should be feeling very good today. For Brazil, the result means they end up in third place in the group, but thanks to a +1 goal difference, they should qualify for a knockout round spot (the four best third place teams advance along with the top 2 teams from each group).

With the young men performing so fine, it is an additive shame that ESPN is not making these matches available on networks that most of America can access. They play next on Wednesday in Toronto.

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Blogger Kinney said...

You do realize the US/Brazil match was on ESPN? The orignial ESPN.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't live in NYC. It was only live on ESPN U.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US played 20 times better than Brazil, the future of US soccer looks bright!

9:48 AM  

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