Not to put too fine a point on it: HOLY SHIT!

I didn’t bother watching the U-20 WC game between the US and Brazil tonight because I assumed that the result was a foregone conclusion. Mistake.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Brazil v United States Report

Jozy Altidore scored a goal in each half and gave the United States a 2-1 victory over Brazil on Friday, sending the Americans to the second round of the Under-20 World Cup and possibly eliminating the four-time champions.

Continuing on from his hat trick of the other day against Poland, Freddy Adu set up both US goals…

Adu Takes Center Stage –

Three days after recording the tournament’s only hat trick, Adu set up both of Jozy Altidore’s goals, including the game-winner in the 81st minute on a spectacular sequence, as the Americans executed a 2-1 upset of Brazil on Friday night before a capacity crowd of 26,500 at Frank Clair Stadium. It was the first time a U.S. men’s team had beaten Brazil in a FIFA tournament since the 1989 under-17 world championship. By virtue, the Americans (2-0-1) will play a third-place team to be determined in the round of 16 on Wednesday in Toronto.

I think Adu’s a likeable enough chap, and the club game has not been working out for him, for a variety of reasons. Certainly it would be to the benefit of US football if this is an emergence into being a senior player, as opposed to an echo of teenage promise.

In the meantime, though, holy shit: US beats Brasil. You certainly don’t see that every day.


2 Responses

  1. Great achievement. Altimore and Adu are looking great, Szetela and Sturgis should be the future rock of the US National team (in addition of Feilhaber and uh… someone else down in Copa). The future of US soccer is looking rosier and rosier.

    That said, this isn’t exactly the same Brazil U20 that we are used to. Something is just wrong with this team. They lost to Poland, was lucky to not let a 3-0 lead slip away against Korea. But that doesn’t take away the great accomplishment that the US U20 squad has made here. Let’s see how far they can go in the knockout stages.

  2. I’m not getting carried away with it, Moin, but it’s about the last result I would have expected. And, if you apply the (faulty) logic that even a crap Brazil team has more to offer than most teams, it’s the more exciting.

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