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USMNT 1-1 Brazil: Yanks snare draw with Selecao

Christian Pulisic’s first-half free kick goal brought the United States men’s national team level with Brazil en route to a 1-1 draw with the Selecao at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday in the Yanks’ last tune-up for the Copa America.

[ MORE: USMNT vs Brazil player ratings ]

This was much better from Gregg Berhalter’s men, who were poor in a 5-1 loss to Colombia on Saturday, getting a Timothy Weah goal but committing mistake after mistakes at the back in helping Los Cafeteros unbeaten streak hit 22.

The Yanks now have a draw to go with a February 1998 Gold Cup win over Brazil, just two affairs with the Selecao not ending in defeat.


Yes, 11-save USMNT keeper Matt Turner was very good in the draw after making an early mistake to help Rodrygo but the visitors in front, but the story here is the side’s leaps in performance and desire.

Dorival Junior’s Selecao are expected to compete for the Copa America crown and they are also the Yanks likeliest opponent in the Copa America 2024 knockout round. The Yanks made a very good case for themselves over 90 minutes in Florida.

[ MORE: Copa America 2024 schedule, how to watch, dates ]

A totally different draw

Remember when the Dave Sarachan’s young Yanks drew France 1-1 in France off a Julian Green goal despite getting outshot 19-2 by the soon-to-be World Cup champs, a tournament win that would come with the USMNT sitting on their couches?

Yeah, this wasn’t that.

No, this Brazil isn’t as strong as that France team and yes, this was on American soil, but the Yanks went toe-to-toe with one of the best national teams to ever do it (The best? probably) and weren’t holding on for dear life until late.

Matt Turner was called upon more times than Alisson Becker but Alisson was pivotal in keeping Brazil from going behind on multiple occasions. And the Americans smacked the bar, too, when Yunus Musah found the iron in the first half.

There are reasons to believe Gregg Berhalter may not be the man to lead the USMNT into the home soil World Cup but none of them were on display Wednesday.

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What’s next?

The USMNT open their Copa America at 6pm ET on Sunday, June 23 against Bolivia, while at AT&T Stadium in Texas, while Brazil host Costa Rica at 9pm ET Monday, June 24.

How to watch USMNT vs Brazil, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8pm ET, Wednesday (June 12)
Stadium: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida
TV channels en Español: Universo, Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT vs Brazil live updates — By Nick Mendola

USMNT vs Brazil live score: 1-1

Goalscorers: Rodrygo (17'), Pulisic (26')

Alisson stymies Aaronson; Pulisic misses by inches.

He’s possibly the best goalkeeper in the world for a reason.

Brenden Aaronson will be replaying this one, as Alisson stops Aaronson’s legit chance to make it 2-1 to the hosts.

Pulisic then dances away from traffic and drags a low shot past Alisson but also beyond the post.

Matt Turner saves. USMNT subs

Rodrygo gets and keeps space from Chris Richards, snapping a shot with the outside of his boot.

Turner reacts well to get his left palm to it.

In comes Tyler Adams for Yunus Musah, while Brenden Aaronson takes the place of Timothy Weah.

What a chance for the Yanks!

Pulisic is wide open and 1v1 with Alisson, but the Liverpool keeper isn’t beaten by the AC Milan man this time.

It really should be 2-1.

Endrick flashes!

Fresh into the game, Endrick drives toward goal and sends a knee-height shot at Turner before Tim Ream can block it.

Turner stops the ball and recovers it.

Subs! (64th minute)

Brazil removes Bruno Guimaraes, Raphinha, and Lucas Paqueta, putting in Endrick, Savio, and Andreas Pereira.

Berhalter makes his first moves, putting in Brazil-raised Johnny Cardoso for Giovanni Reyna and Folarin Balogun for Ricardo Pepi.

Chris Richards in trouble, or is he?!

Chris Richards’ tackle of Rodrygo is initially a yellow card offense, but it seems ominous as the referee is sent to the pitchside monitor by VAR.

Review, however, sees Richards get the ball. The yellow card is rescinded and it’s USMNT ball. You usually don’t see the free kick taken back by review.

Moments later, Rodrygo nearly spins a spectacular overhead kick on frame.

Brazil make sub at the break

No changes for Gregg Berhalter at the break but Dorival Junior makes one for the Selecao.

It’s an all-Premier League switches as Aston Villa’s (for now) Douglas Luiz takes the places of Wolves’ Joao Gomes.

Deservedly level at halftime — USMNT 1-1 Brazil

The Yanks have hit the bar. Brazil’s seen a good chance denied by Matt Turner. Both teams have made errors in their own half and paid for them.

This is a very fair 1-1, and somewhat resounding given the sloppy display against Colombia.

There have been 14 total shots in this one, with the Yanks putting five of their six efforts on target.

Stars of the half? Pulisic, for sure, while Timothy Weah and the left side of the Yanks back line — Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream — are faring better than the right.

Bruno Guimaraes, Rodrygo, Raphinha, and four-save Alisson are Brazil’s top performers from the opening 45.

Brilliant Pulisic wins free kick, scores! USMNT 1-1 Brazil (26th minute)

Christian Pulisic is dancing through the Brazil defense and he’s felled while attempting to shoot from the edge of the 18.

It’s a free kick less than a yard outside the 18, and very close to the very middle.

He nails it — quick, low, and hard.

Openings, though

Weah is very lively and hits a piledriver that stings Alisson.

There are openings in Brazil’s back line as the Selecao do not seem too concerned with the threat of the Yanks.

Now Rodrygo is through on Turner and denied by the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper.

Rodrygo goal! USMNT 0-1 Brazil (17th minute)

Not great!

Matt Turner goes midrange with a goal kick and it never gets to a waiting Weston McKennie.

Instead there are two touches before Raphinha knifes a pass through traffic to Rodrygo, who beats Turner with ease.

So much for a nice start.

Good shape, as Yanks are up for fight

The USMNT surely feel a need to respond to the Colombia blowout and look up for this with shape discipline marking the first 10 minutes or so.

The Yanks have taken three of the game’s five shots including a Timothy Weah rip that was corralled by Liverpool star Alisson.

USMNT lineup

Turner, A. Robinson, Richards, Ream, Scally, Musah, McKennie, Reyna, Pulisic, Pepi, Weah

Ricardo Pepi takes the place of Folarin Balogun and Yunus Musah slots in for Johnny Cardoso (who, oddly enough, lived most of his life in Brazil before moving to La Liga’s Real Betis this season).

Brazil lineup

Alisson, Danilo, Marquinhos, Beraldo, Wendell, Guimaraes, Gomes, Raphinha, Paqueta, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr

USMNT vs Brazil Preview: Brazil focus, team news

Brazil has been conceding goals a bit more regularly than usual, a 3-2 loss at Mexico following a 3-3 March draw with Spain.

But this is still a side that blanked England in March, and only used Vinicius Junior and Bruno Guimaraes for 15 minutes against Mexico while not using Rodrygo, Raphinha, Marquinhos, and Gabriel Magalhaes.

Those players should feature prominently in Florida. Good luck, Gregg.