The United States’ men’s soccer team goes into Wednesday night’s friendly international with Brazil in good spirits after a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Scotland on Saturday.
Landon Donovan netted a hat-trick, with Michael Bradley scoring a belter from long-range and Jermaine Jones also adding his name to the scoresheet at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said post-match thatmany elements of what he’s trying to develop in the team’s play were evident.
“It’s a fast-paced game, it has tempo in it,” he said. “It has one-two touch combinations through our midfielders as fast as possible finding the forwards up there, having pace, build up from the back, no long balls. … I think the players understand more and more what we’re trying to achieve.”
Their style will be put the test against the Brazilians at FedEx Field in Londover, Md. (8 p.m. ET). It will be screened live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and TeleFutura.
The Samba Boys also come into the game on the back of a victory, a 3-1 win against Denmark, who was using the game to prepare for Euro 2012, which kicks off on June 8.
Brazil, fielding a young team, is preparing for the London Olympics, the only major tournament the country has never won.
Klinsmann’s men will play another friendly against Canada in Toronto on June 3 before kicking off its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign against Antigua and Barbuda on June 8.
Meanwhile, the women’s national team had a good 4-1 victory over China in preparation for London in front of a sell-out 18,573 crows at PPL Park in Chester, PA on Sunday.
Pia Sundhage’s troops fell behind to a 22nd-minute goal against the run of play, but Alex Morgan then scored twice and Abby Wambach added another — her 135th international strike — with the fourth coming courtesy of an own goal.
The U.S. 18-strong squad for the Olympics was named prior to the game and features Indianapolis midfielder Lauren Chaney, while Lori Lindsey — also of Indianapolis — is named as an alternate.
They head to Sweden for a two-week training camp, where they will also play Sweden and world champion Japan, before returning home for a June 30 send-off match against Canada in Sandy, Utah.
The U.S. will open its Olympic tournament challenge against France on July 25 — two days before the opening ceremony — before taking on Colombia on July 28 and Korea DPR on July 31.
The Americans have won the Olympic title three times — 1996 (Atlanta), 2004 (Greece) and 2008 (Beijing).