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USMNT bounce back, play Brazil to a 1-1 draw



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The U.S. Men’s National Team restored some faith heading into Copa America with a 1-1 draw against Brazil in front of 60,016 fans in Orlando on Wednesday night.

Captain Christian Pulisic leveled the game with a free kick goal in the 26th minute, nine minutes after Rodrygo’s opener but the Brazilians in front. The rest of the game turned into a duel between Allison and Matt Turner, who had an 11-save night to earn Man of the Match honors.

Former Union teammates Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie dressed for the match. Aaronson came off the bench in the 75th minute but McKenzie was an unused sub.

The draw followed a 5-1 defeat to Colombia in Virginia in a two-game set of friendlies ahead of the Copa America.

The U.S. kicks off its fifth appearance in Copa America next on June 23 against Bolivia, which fell 3-1 to Ecuador in a friendly at Subaru Park on Wednesday.


USA: 1-Matt Turner; 22-Joe Scally (16-Shaq Moore, 85’), 3-Chris Richards, 13-Tim Ream, 5-Antonee Robinson; 7-Gio Reyna (15-Johnny Cardoso, 65’), 6-Yunus Musah (4-Tyler Adams, 76’), 8-Weston McKennie; 21-Tim Weah (11-Brenden Aaronson, 75’), 9-Ricardo Pepi (20-Folarin Balogun, 64’), 10-Christian Pulisic (Capt.),

Substitutes not used: 18-Ethan Horvath, 25-Sean Johnson, 2-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 12-Miles Robinson, 14-Luca de la Torre, 17-Malik Tillman, 19-Haji Wright, 23-Kristoffer Lund, 24-Mark McKenzie, 26-Timmy Tillman

Head coach: Gregg Berhalter

BRA: 1-Alisson Becker, 17- Lucas Beraldo, 4-Marquinhos, 6-Wendell, 2-Danilo (Capt.), 5-Bruno Guimarães (9-Endrick, 65′), 15-João Gomes (18-Douglas Luiz, 45’), 8-Lucas Paquetá (19-Andreas Pereira, 65’), 10-Rodrygo (22-Gabriel Martinelli, 83’), 7-Vinícius Júnior, 11-Raphinha (20-Sávinho, 65’)

Substitutes not used: 23-Rafael, 16-Guilherme Arana, 21-Evanilson, 26-Pepê, 12-Bento, 13-Yan Couto, 24-Éderson, 25-Bremer, 14-Gabriel, 3-Éder Militão

Head coach: Dorival Júnior


Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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