The US Men's National Team saw their run in the 2010 World Cup end less than two months ago and already they are headed back to the pitch to take on a vaunted opponent. The United States will take on Brazil tonight at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN2, in the brand new Meadowlands Stadium. While there will be plenty of veterans of the 2010 Cup making the trip for the US team, the Brazilian squad will be sporting a new head coach and a lot of new, younger faces.â†µ
Dunga's successor begins his overhaul Tuesday. Menezes' roster for New York is heavier on World Cup 2014 prospects than South African holdovers. With prep for Copa America 2011 in Argentina and the 2012 London Olympics in the works, Menezes has included just four players from Dunga's World Cup roster.â†µ
So fans will get to see Barcelona defender Daniel Alves, Benfica midfielder Ramires, AC Milan defender Thiago Silva and Santos forward Robinho at The Meadowlands Stadium; all played in South Africa.
Otherwise, they'll be looking at future potential in players such as AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato and Santos man Neymar, the recent subject of a reported $27 million transfer offer from Chelsea.
Others notables from on the Brazilian roster include Real Madrid defender Marcelo, Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.
While some of you may still be getting over a World Cup hangover, the opportunity to see our national team take on a program of the caliber of Brazil doesn't come around often and shouldn't be missed.â†µ