USA almost makes Confederation Cup History - But Brazil wins 3-2
Oddmakers had Brazil winning the final of the Confederation Cup by 4-0. In an exciting match in Johannesburg, South Africa, Brazil overcame a 2-0 deficit and beat the hard fighting US team 3-2. Only one word comes to mind for this game amd the performance of the United States Soccer team, Astonishment.
At halftime the USA led by 2-0, with goals by Dempsey in the 10th minute and Donavan in the 27th minute.
Fabiano scored for Brazil in the opening minuteof the second half, reducing the score to 2-1 lead for the US. In the 75th minute Fabiano tied the game after a pass in front of the net by Kaka. This was Lois Fabiano's fifth goal in the tournament.
Lucio scored the winning goal with just 7 minutes left to go, taking away the hope of the hard fighting US team. The final score was 3-2
Again, the US team demonstrated determination, a willingness to fight for every ball and great defensive play in the first half. They essentially shut down the Brazilian defense and were able to take advantage of counter-attacks. The Brazilian team came out determined to overcome their deficit and in a thriller did not disappoint by eventually defeating the US 3-2.
Full credit goes to the US team. They have definitely overachieved in this tournament. They have proven that they can play with the big boys, eliminating Spain, the European Champion, in the semifinal.
Hats off to the US team, which must be disappointed having come so close to winning the Confederation Cup. They have nothing to be ashamed of.
The skill and team spirit demonstrated in this game by the US team can only help to advance the beautiful game in North America.
US National Men's Team Quotes after the Game