June 25, 2021

Ronaldinho, Brazil too much for Americans

first_imgBocanegra and Clint Dempsey scored for the United States. Mexico exhibition called at half Mexico defeated Panama, 1-0, on an own-goal by Felipe Baloy in an exhibition game that was abandoned after the first half because of heavy rain in Puebla, Mexico. The strong rain made play extremely difficult. At halftime, managers Hugo Sanchez of Mexico and Alexandre Guimaraes of Panama decided it was best to stop. Mexico will play Brazil in Boston on Wednesday. Nigeria wins under-17 World Cup Nigeria won the under-17 World Cup championship for the third time (also 1985 and ’93), beating Spain in a penalty-kick shootout Sunday after extra time ended, 0-0, in Seoul, South Korea. Nigeria scored three goals in the shootout while goalkeeper Oladele Ajiboye kept the Spaniards scoreless. This was the fourth time in 12 under-17 World Cups the final was decided on penalty kicks. Germany downed Ghana, 2-1, for third place. United extend conference lead Luciano Emilio scored two second-half goals and D.C. United beat the New England Revolution, 4-2, in Washington to take a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference. Jaime Moreno, who was honored before the game for becoming Major League Soccer’s career goal leader last month, had a goal and an assist for the United (14-6-4), unbeaten in their last eight. New England drops to 12-6-6.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Ronaldinho split the defense time and again with the precision of laser surgery, lofting a corner kick to the far post for Brazil’s second goal and then finishing off the United States when he spun a free kick over a defensive wall and inside the far post. Buzzing like bees on the U.S. side of the field in their yellow shirts, Brazil was too much – way too much – for the United States to keep up with. The five-time World Cup champions overcame a tentative start, shimmying and weaving around defenders to beat the United States, 4-2, in an exhibition game Sunday in Chicago. “I was actually proud of how we played,” said Landon Donovan of the Galaxy, who had an assist on a corner kick in the 22nd minute. “We’re not by any standard an experienced team like they are. For us, we’re still learning.” The Americans had their moments and entertained a crowd of 43,543 at Solider Field by taking an early lead and coming back to tie. But the United States dropped to 1-12 against Brazil and lost its fifth straight game overall, its longest skid in 13 years. U.S. coach Bob Bradley pointed to the ceiling when asked about the level of Brazil, the world’s top-ranked team and inventors of jogo bonito – the beautiful game. The Americans, ranked 17th, don’t have stars anywhere near the caliber of Ronaldinho, a two-time FIFA player of the year, or Kaka, who could be voted the award this year. The Americans are a regional power, winning the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean for the second straight time. They started 10-0-1 under Bradley, playing all those games at home. But since then, facing better teams such as Argentina, Sweden and Brazil, the gap between American soccer and the rest of the world has been exposed. “We’re competing better against the top teams in the world,” U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra said. last_img

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