USMNT:The U.S. under-20 men’s national team faced a loaded Brazil team that had practiced together for the last two weeks in its opening match of the Revelations Cup. Playing first ever match since January 2020, employing a new head coach five days ago, and facing a charged Brazil team that had practiced together for the last two weeks, the U.S. under-20 men’s national team was just not going to get it simple.
Brazil dominated the Americans, scoring three goals in the first half and one after the break in a 4-0 rout, delivering new USMNT U-20 coach Mikey Varas his first loss as head coach.
Marcos Leonardo scored the Brazilians’ first goal in the 12th minute, defeating Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina with a right-footed strike from close range.
Seven minutes later, American defender Casey Walls clashed with Marlon Gomes, handing Brazil a penalty kick, which Leonardo scored, giving the Santos striker a brace and a 2-0 lead for the time being.
Brazilian wingers continued to put too much pressure on the American defense, with midfielder Keven scoring a third for Brazil in the 42nd minute. In the second half, Leonardo wasted no time, completing his hat trick in the 52nd minute and ensuring Brazil’s triumph.
The U-20’s had a few excellent periods of possession after the score was out of reach, led by Philadelphia Union midfielder Paxten Aaronson, but the lack of consistency in launching well-worked assaults showed.
Other positives include Slonina’s a few spectacular stops to hold the score at 4-0, while substitutes Erick Gutierrez of the Chicago Fire and Union Berlin striker Malick Sanogo of Union Berlin showed flashes of their attacking talents.
In the Revelations Cup’s Matchday 2 on Saturday, the Americans will seek to bounce back against Colombia. (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time)