For what it's worth, it was maybe the most encouraging 4-1 loss you'll ever see in soccer, but don't try to tell that to anybody who wore the red, white and blue on Wednesday night.
Brazil's unbelievable offense was just too much for an aging United States defense to handle in the end, with four absolutely clinical goals by one of the most talented teams on the planet.
Again, there was a lot to be encouraged about. First and foremost was the play of Herculez Gomez. With Jozy Altidore sidelined because of a flap between the United States and Altidore's club team AZ Alkmaar about releasing him in time to play, Gomez seized the opportunity and has given Jurgen Klinsmann a lot to think about moving forward.
And it appears as though the uncertainty about left back is finished after a masterful performance by Fabian Johnson. The native of Munich, Germany who plays for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, played a gigantic role in the United States' goal, and sent in great cross after great cross when he jumped into the attack. Defensively, none of Brazil's goals originated on Johnson's side of the field.
In the second half we also got to see a bit of a milestone as for the first time under the reign of Jurgen Klinsmann we saw Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan on the field together. Injuries and scheduling were to blame for not seeing it before Wednesday night, but it felt like home seeing #8 and #10 out there together.
The United States will travel just 90 minutes up the road from Buffalo on Sunday night to take on Canada in a final warm-up before World Cup qualifying begins next week. A legion of soccer fans are making the trek up from Buffalo and tickets do still remain. It's the closest the USA will ever come to playing in Buffalo, so if you don't have plans, the weather is supposed to be great for a nice Sunday in Toronto, and tickets are (relatively) cheap.
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