USA vs. Brazil FIFA Confederations Cup 2009

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After the United States fell to Italy, 3-1, in their FIFA Confederations Cup opener on Monday, it does not get any easier for the Americans, who face five-time World Cup champion Brazil today in Pretoria, South Africa.

At the bottom of Group B, USA must get points from this game in order to advance. But with strikers Kaka and Robinho leading the way, the Brazilians present a difficult task for the U.S. In 13 attempts, the Americans have only defeated Brazil once—a single-goal victory at Los Angeles in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In order to keep up with the mighty South Americans, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore should both play forward at the same time. Landon Donovan should play midfield and feed these guys. With Ricardo Clark suspended, Adu needs to be unleashed to run at the Brazilian defense and try to apply pressure.

Brazil will join Spain in the semi-finals of the tournament if they maintain their perfect records in Group B. Beating the U.S. would give them six points and mean they cannot be caught at the top of the group.

The FIFA Confederations Cup is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (CAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, OFC, CONCACAF), along with the reigning World Cup winner and the host country.

Prediction: Brazil had an awful game- play against Egypt on Monday, so you would never know. But I think the South Americans will win this match (3-1).

The game starts at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

UPDATE: The United States was defeated for the second time at the Confederations Cup, with Brazil outplaying the Americans 3-0. Now the U.S. is on the verge of elimination. They will be eliminated from the tournament later Thursday if Italy earns a win or a tie against Egypt.