CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Thursday, February 9, 2012
Jurgen Klinsmann has added another date on the busy calendar that the U.S. National Team has for the summer. In between friendlies with Scotland and Canada, the U.S. will be host Brazil
The match will take place on May 30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Brazil has been a regular opponent for the United States during recent years, with this match being the fourth since 2009.
The U.S. has a dismal record against Brazil, having only won one game while taking 16 losses, but since the early 1990's the matchup has resulted in some of the most entertaining and dramatic U.S. games in memory, from historic days by Tony Meola and Kasey Keller, to an improbable 2-0 lead at halftime of a FIFA tournament Final.
The game will be a stiff test for Klinsmann's team, to see how well they've progressed or regressed from the game two months prior against Italy. With three games now scheduled from May 26 to June 3, it's uncertain what kind of lineup Klinsmann will seek to implement, but if the opportunity is there for Donovan and Dempsey to be on the field at the same time, it can be sure that they will aim to test Brazil the same way they did in 2009.
Whatever roster Klinsmann calls up for the trio of friendlies, it is likely to be heavy with players who will take the field in the Qualifying opener against Antigua and Barbuda on June 8. Most European players will be in the off season, but fatigue may be a factor in keeping some players on the sidelines.
The game is scheduled for 8:00pm ET