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Mexico Out, Brazil In

Greetings again from Aeropuerto O'Hare.....

Here's the latest buzz from the windiest of cities:

USA-Mexico at Azteca on Sept. 9, rumored to be in trouble, has been cancelled. USA-Brazil at Soldier Field on the same day has been agreed upon. Not a bad replacement match, huh?

No reason given for the change, but Spanish TV rights were believed to be part of the problem for the original matchup.

So Brazil will play the U.S. lads on the 9th on ESPN2, then meet Mexico three days later at Foxborough.

No comment from the USSF, but expect an official announcement soon.

Okay, now off to Chili's for dinner (blah).

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2007; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Sweet cancellation! Too bad it'll be overshadowed by the NFL starting that day.

O'Hare doesn't have anything better than Chili's?

Posted by: delantero | August 12, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing in my opinion. I'd really like to have blooded the new players for this cycle in Azteca in advance of playing a WCQ there - I think it would've enhanced our chances of getting a result in the game that matters.

Posted by: soccer nerd | August 12, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Goff, there are about 11 decent places to get food in the airport. Don't go to Chili's!!!

Posted by: Chili's!!??? | August 12, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The NY telecast just announced that there are still season tickets available for the Red Bulls.

That's your humor for the day. Enjoy!

Posted by: Hoost | August 12, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

is it safe to say we will field an all MLS team? Candidates?

Posted by: frank | August 12, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Loved the Reading/ManU game! Hated the last 10 minutes of the Fulham/Arsenal game.

Rooting for the Women, Poplar Point, a lot less visitors (jerseys, not the fans themselves) in the stands at the next DC United game, more coverage of the MLS instead of (or even combined with) that of Beckham, the Reading Royals, the SuperLiga, A United run in the MLS playoffs, and the end of the baseball season.

Ah yes, the end of baseball...that beautiful night when sports coverage can make it's long awaited return - instead of hyperbolic pontificating about nonsensical mind games - and disillusioned, stat hungry lovers of the 19th century recede into the snow.

Posted by: spectre | August 12, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

So, Soldier Field...

August 30th is the Bears' last preseason game. The first home game is the 16th.

Will the gridiron lines (and end-zone graphics) be visible for this match on the 9th?

Posted by: B.A. | August 12, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The last change I can recall from U.S. soccer is the Japan/Venezuela switch in Seattle back in 2003. But the venue didn't change. I'm going to take at least a $100 loss changing my air flights. Plus I was looking forward to the Pachuca/Cruz Azul game on Saturday, September 8th. Playing Brazil is a nice consolation, but the change sucks for me.

Posted by: Grrrrrr | August 12, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Brazil! Excellent. I was a bit miffed when I heard that Brazil would be playing at Foxborough but wouldn't be playing the US.

Will be interesting to see who gets the call for this one.

Posted by: JJH | August 12, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Baseball will be over soon, but that means that college football will be starting! Not that I have anything against American football, but I will never forget the day the U.S. played Mexico to advance to WC 2006 on ESPNEWS!!! I went to Glory Days but those (censoreds) refused to play the game! Boycott Glory Days!

And yeah, what are the chances this American team will have better players than Hercules Gomez?

Posted by: rc | August 12, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Time to give Eddie Gaven more USMNT minutes!!!!! :)

Seriously though, is Brazil going to be bringing anyone over or will it be the Z team?

Posted by: Ha | August 12, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

This is Emilio's time to shine! If he plays well, will he drop the "Luciano" part?

Posted by: rc | August 12, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

From the box score, looks like Beckham hasn't even suited up?

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Before jumping to the possible 9/9 call-ups - what about the 8/22 game in Sweden? With England having a friendly against Germany on the same day, can we expect to see some of the European based players on the US side ?

Posted by: emanon | August 12, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

The next United reserve match seems to be scheduled for 8/22 at 9:30 p.m. following the regular match. Maybe I missed it before, but I'm used to the reserves playing the next morning. Can someone fill me in on how a 9:30 p.m. week night start works? Will it be open to the public? On the auxiliary field?

Posted by: clubofficial | August 12, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse


Is the Brazil game an international date? Will teams be at full strength?

Posted by: CY | August 12, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Gonna be a tight finish to the season for those two guaranteed playoff spots in the East - DC wins, MetroBulls win, Revs win this week...Landon misses a sitter that should have gotten LA a point at NE.

Posted by: New England Guy | August 12, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Sept. 8-12 are FIFA international fixture dates, which means national teams will be at full, or nearly full, strength.

I did not eat at Chili's. That was a joke. (But the stale bagel wasn't much better.)

Posted by: Goff | August 12, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm... the Chili's at O'Hare, there's nothing like corporate Tex-Mex to wash away the blues.

Posted by: Felix | August 13, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't sell airport Chili's too short, they have the Mega-Rita with the extra shaker that you can sneak on the plane in your carry-on. 2 drinks in the "restaurant" and 2 on the plane makes for easier travel. Forget the food though.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | August 13, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mike | August 13, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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