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.
August 9, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
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