It was Brazil’s speed from the beginning of the game that rattled USA on Tuesday’s international friendly. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann cited that his side had no answer to Brazil’s momentum and succumbed to a 4-1 defeat in the hands of Selecao at Foxborough.
Neymar scored a brace. Hulk and Rafinha also added to Brazil’s tally before Danny Williams pulled off a late consolation goal for USA.
“Their tempo, their speed of play, speed of thought and speed of execution, all those elements were very impressive,” pointed out Klinsmann in a press conference after the match.
“For us, it was a huge learning curve. It was a completely different tempo they set, and we couldn’t go that tempo.”
Many Brazil players feature for top European clubs and are accustomed to such high-velocity game, which is unknown to their U.S. counterparts.
“It’s a tempo that is played in the [UEFA] Champions League. They’re always two thoughts ahead. That’s a level we’re trying to catch as fast as we can,” the former German international added.
Klinsmann had a feeling that Brazil could inflict a high dose of reality to his guys, an the outcome matched the worse ever under him; 4-1 loss suffered in 2012 against the five-time world champions.
The U.S. will face Mexico next month in a playoff for a FIFA 2017 Confederation Cup berth. Russia will be hosting a tournament as prelude to the World Cup 2018.