Jurgen Klinsmann once more was handed a defeat in the heaviest margin so far in his stint as United States head coach. Barcelona superstar Neymar notched up a brace as Brazil routed USA 4-1 on Tuesday in an international friendly.
Klinsmann is preparing his side for the crunch of the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017 playoffs against Mexico on October 10 at Rose Bowl. But the game in Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Brazil exposed the numerous inadequacies of the United States side by running over them throughout the match.
The scoreline matched the worst ever suffered by the U.S. under German coach Klinsmann, who were thrashed 4-1 earlier by Brazil 4-1 and by Ireland in 2014.
Brazil is also facing a crucial match against recently crowned Copa champions Chile next month in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The five-time world champions dominated the entire first session against an experimental U.S. systemic formation which featured Alejandro Bedoya playing in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role.
Veteran striker Hulk drew first blood after an early foray of attacks, assisted by Chelsea winger Willian. Klinsmann acknowledged the Bedoya experiment failed miserably and replaced him with Williams. But the substitution couldn’t change the fortunes of USA as Brazil’s head coach Dunga brought Neymar on in the second half.
Neymar used his skills and tactics to earn a penalty and duly slotted home from the spot. Promising youngster Rafinha then extended the margin in the 64th minute after being fed by Lucas Moura. Another brilliant assist by Paris Saint German’s Moura created Neymar’s 46th international goal three minutes later.
Substitute Danny Williams netted a late consolation goal for the U.S. in the last minute of the regulation time through a 30-yard right footed screamer. Well, Klinsmann now needs to chalk out new tactics for Mexico to lift his team.