Michelle's Musings the morning after USA thumped by Brazil 2-0....
1. The US still has no prospects the likes of Neymar, an 18-year-old kid, who looks even younger, and toyed with the US defense. Wow, that kid is good. I now see why everyone in Brazil, including Pele and Romario, wanted him in South Africa. Bet Dunga is second-guessing that decision. Pato is very good, too. US doesn't have guys with that kind of speed, touch and guile.
2. Why is it that every time the US team seems to take a step forward, it is followed by a step back? Yes, this was only an exhibition, but it was in front of 77,223 fans (!!) and a national TV audience, and it was a great chance to do something special. Instead, Brazil's young and untested players were the ones who shined. Were it not for great goalkeeping from Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, score could have been even more lopsided.
3. Jogo Bonito is back, and that is good for soccer.
4. The good news for US: Crowd of 77,223 at the Meadowlands was the 18th crowd of 50,000 plus for a game on US soil since May 2009. The sport is catching on here, for sure. Now, we need our best athletes to consider playing it instead of football and basketball, need more outreach to Hispanic and black youth, and then, maybe then, we find an American Neymar.