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USA-Brazil friendly news & notes

*Brazil conducted a light workout at the shiny, happy, new Meadowlands stadium Sunday evening ahead of Tuesday's friendly against the United States. The Americans, who began gathering in New Jersey on Sunday after arrivals from MLS, European and Mexican clubs, will hold their only workout late in the day Monday.

*USA goalkeeper Tim Howard and a few teammates are on the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building this morning for a photo op.

*Speaking of heights, ticket sales continue to climb, reaching 62,000-plus late Sunday. Because the stadium is new and the seating manifest for non-NFL events is fluid, no one is quite sure what the exact capacity is for the USA-Brazil match. The best estimate is between 80,000 and 82,000, if all the suites are sold. For a Tuesday affair against a young Brazil squad, a crowd expected to exceed 70,000 is mighty impressive.

*Edson Arantes do Nascimento, that guy known as Pele, is scheduled to attend Tuesday's match. He is involved in the effort to resurrect the New York Cosmos brand. (Can you believe O Rei will turn 70 this fall?)

*Glasgow Rangers has dispatched assistant manager Ally McCoist to the States to scout American players.

*Tuesday's kickoff is at 8:11 p.m. ET. ESPN2 announcers are JP Dellacamera and John Harkes, with Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas overseeing the pregame, halftime and postgame.

*Additional information is trickling in about the proposed USA friendly against Poland on Oct. 9: A tentative deal is in place and Soldier Field in Chicago -- home to the largest Polish-American population -- is, indeed, the top choice to host the match. (It's a money-maker for the USSF.) When the teams met there in the summer of 2004 for a 1-1 draw, attendance was 39,529. As we told you exclusively Saturday, the USSF is also attempting to arrange friendlies Oct. 12 (against Colombia at a U.S. venue) and Nov. 17 (unspecified opponent).

For comments from the Brazilian players.....

Neymar, Brazil's latest teenage sensation, says: "We must play the same way we have always played: the happy, beautiful game. It's our style and that is what Brazil needs now."

Dani Alves, on new manager Mano Menezes: "With time, we will get to know each other better, an understanding, and getting agreement in what he wants. We are going to put into practice what he asks us."

Alves, on Neymar: "Regardless of his age, he is already an experienced player. We welcome him for this new era of the national team."

Alexandre Pato: "I am very happy to come back and see the players again. I was okay [after not being picked for the World Cup]. It was the choice of the manager Dunga. I came to fight for a position and I am not going to let this opportunity go away. I am one of the new players, I am only 20, I am coming back."

I asked Pato if he recalled his experience at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Canada, where Brazil was upset by the Americans in group play: "I remember Freddy Adu and [Jozy] Altidore; it was a great team." The U.S. lineup also included Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers and Sal Zizzo.

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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Comments

Another Poland match? I love Polska (my wife is Polish, and we're teaching our children the language) but I'm surprised to see us playing them so frequently. I get tired of walking the fine line between being nice to my father-in-law, and explaining that the US is actually a pretty good team now.

Is there more of a connection between US Soccer and the Polish federation than Piotr Nowak?

Posted by: WorldCup | August 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Poor New Yorkers. The stadium is all the way in NJ.

Maybe Danny Szetela can play for the US and Poland on Oct 9th?

Posted by: Reignking | August 9, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Martin O'Neill has resigned as manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect, the Premier League club said Monday.

The club gave no reason for the surprise departure, just five days before Villa kick off the new season with a home match against West Ham.

Posted by: Reignking | August 9, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Wish I woulda known, I might have tried for my own photo op.

OT: Inter's new dragon jerseys. http://mobile.tweetphoto.com/37885049

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 9, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

So, with DC United looking for a permanent head coach and Martin O'Neill available, maybe...

Oh, he's PO'd at Americans (or at least one American in particular) right now.

Posted by: Rhio | August 9, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why FIFA put these friendly dates on the calendar so soon after the World Cup. Well, I do know ($$). But you'd think that they would want to give the players a break and let them train with their clubs, most of which are in pre-season.

Martin O'Neill was at the Community Shield match and was a part of the pre-game handshakes. I wondered why he was there. Now I also wonder why he resigned.

I only understood about 75% of what Ally McCoist said in hs WC commentary, but it's nice to see a big club directing its scouting resources at the US.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 9, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Then again, 70,000 people at a friendly should impress the FIFA selection committee, especially when we tell them that all of our potential WC sites will hold that many.

Given that we set the attendance record in '94, when there were 24 teams, we could easily go over 4M, maybe 4.5 in 2018.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 9, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

OT

Any developments on Gabarra situation?

Freedom picked up English international defender Anita Asante and waived Alex Singer.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 9, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why FIFA put these friendly dates on the calendar so soon after the World Cup."
I-270Exit1

Most federations that played in the World Cup use it to bring in fresh players and prepare for the future. Also the federations that don't make it try to get momentum moving for the next cycle. Federations in the undeveloped soccer World use it as a popularity contest and money grab.

Posted by: csd1 | August 9, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Very gracious from Pato

Posted by: DCUSince96 | August 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Any developments on Gabarra situation?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 9, 2010 12:48 PM
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Goff's Twitter feed suggests staying tuned for the next 24 hours.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

*ESPN2 announcers are JP Dellacamera and John Harkes, with Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas overseeing the pregame, halftime and postgame.
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Ugh - maybe that's why the attendance is going to be so great. People don't want to stay home and listen to those four numpties.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Given that we set the attendance record in '94, when there were 24 teams, we could easily go over 4M, maybe 4.5 in 2018.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 9, 2010 12:29 PM

That is a staggering thought, really. 4.5 million people is a million more than pay to see the New York Yankees play at home for an entire 6 month season. To get that in a month long event is amazing.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Pato and Alves have always come across as very classy. Good stuff as usual.

Posted by: GoUnited | August 9, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why FIFA put these friendly dates on the calendar so soon after the World Cup."

Euro Quallies start on Sep 3rd.

Posted by: Alisterio | August 9, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, thought i'd comment on something you posted. Poland is playing in Chicago but not on October 9th. They will play in Chicago on October 12th against Mexico. They WILL play in NYC on Oct. 9th but i still can't get anyone to confirm if it will be the NFL stadium or Red Bull Arena.

Posted by: Polishsoca | August 9, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

No kidding - it's an international date - doesn't that mean Ian Darke can get here? Surely he has enough time to get back to London for the Fulham-ManU game on Sunday.

*ESPN2 announcers are JP Dellacamera and John Harkes, with Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas overseeing the pregame, halftime and postgame.
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Ugh - maybe that's why the attendance is going to be so great. People don't want to stay home and listen to those four numpties.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: IamAM | August 10, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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