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Brazilian star Neymar on Brazilian roster for Wednesday

Peru Copa Libertadores

Neymar, of Brazil’s Santos, smiles during a practice session in Chiclayo, Peru, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Santos will face Juan Aurich of Peru in a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Chiclayo on Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)


Brazilian star Neymar missed his country’s win over Denmark last week but has joined the team ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against the United States outside Washington, D.C.

Brazil arrived into Washington on Sunday and worked out Monday at American University. They’ll practice Tuesday at FedEx Field, immediately after Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. team.

Neymar (adjudged by some very prominent faces in the game to be the globe’s finest player) will be in the mix, sure to make an appearance in Wednesday’s friendly.

This is the first of three matches for Brazil inside the United States.

They face Mexico on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, then butt heads with old rival Argentina on June 9 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Brazil’s roster for Wednesday:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael (Santos)

Defenders: Danilo (Porto), Juan (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael (Manchester United), Alex Sandro (Porto), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Bruno Uvini (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Sao Paulo), Giuliano (Dnipro), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Wellington Nem (Fluminense), Oscar (Internacional), Romulo (Vasco de Gama), Sandro (Tottenham)

Forwards: Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Hulk (Porto), Neymar (Santos), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)