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USA Vs Brazil: Match preview

USA and Brazil will go head-to-head at the FedEx Field in Washington D.C. tomorrow, with both nations looking to continue their rich vein of form.

The hosts, managed by German favourite Jurgen Klinsmann, are fresh off the back of a 5-1 mauling of Scotland, with Michael Bradley scoring the pick of the goals with a 25-yard screamer.

If the Americans are to have any chance of producing an upset by beating their South American counterparts, they will need Bradley to replicate that stirring performance, if not better it.

And although USA will be riding high following their resounding success last time out, it's fair to say that Brazil, five times world champions, will pose their toughest test for some time.

A quick glance at the form book tells you everything you need to know, with the USA having lost 15 times against Brazil, winning just once.

That solitary win came back in August 2010, a game where Brazilian wonderkid Neymar marked his debut with a goal, and since then the 20-year-old has gone on to establish himself as a first-team regular, and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in world football.

However, USA can take great heart knowing that they are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning all five of them, including an impressive 1-0 win against Italy in their own back yard.

To stand any chance of stretching that run of wins to six games, USA will need to nullify the Brazilians attacking threat, and with the likes of Neymar, Hulk and Leandro Damiao in their ranks, the American's task is unenviable.

With the ageing Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo at the back, Brazil may have some joy as their young and energetic forwards look to exploit a distinct lack of pace at the heart of Klinsman's defence.

Although Hulk, who has made 10 international appearances to date, has only notched on two occasions for his national side, the Chelsea-target is a force to be reckoned with and should not be underestimated.

Similarly, Neymar is one of the world's most sought-after strikers. With eight goals in just 16 appearances, it's easy to see why so many of Europe's top clubs are monitoring his progress.

Brazil's manager Mano Menezes will be looking to utilise this fixture, which marks the second of a four-game trail that started with a 3-1 win over Denmark last weekend, as another useful test ahead of the Olympics this summer.

The 49-year-old boss has previously spoken of his desire to win gold at the Olympics, and so unfortunately for USA, it's unlikely that Brazil will be taking this game lightly, as each player stakes their claim for a starting role at London 2012.

Whilst Brazil are undoubtedly one of the world's greatest footballing nations, this result is by no means a forgone conclusion. The fact that 55,000 tickets have been sold for this fixture, a record for an international friendly in the Washington D.C. area, shows that the American public can sense an upset.

If that fails to materialise, this game acts as a great opportunity to witness one of the world's football powerhouses on American soil, and you can almost guarantee that despite it's title as a 'friendly', it will be a hotly-contested affair.

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