On Wednesday (Oct. 21) in Seattle, the Brazilian national team landed the first punch against the U.S. women. It was a solid shot to the jaw.
Brazil scored off a corner in the 3rd minute, then held the lead until Carli Lloyd (who else?) hit the equalizer in the 85th minute.
The 1-1 draw extended the Americans’ home unbeaten streak to 101 games. But for most of the evening, that streak was very much in jeopardy.
On Sunday (Oct. 25) the two teams square off again, this time in Orlando, Fla. (soon to be Alex Morgan’s new home). The game, at 1:30 p.m. CT, is on Fox Sports 1.
Brazil, ranked No. 7 in the world, is by far the toughest opponent that Team USA has faced on its post-World Cup Victory Tour.
Any time Marta is on the pitch, something electrifying can happen. And the team that coach Vadão has built around his superstar is a dangerous blend of seasoned veterans and daring youngsters.
The Brazilians are athletic, creative, and physical. They aren’t in awe of the U.S. women, and they’re not intimidated. They’d like nothing better than to knock the champs out.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the two teams:
When Monica muscled her way to a sliver of space and headed the ball past Hope Solo in the 3rd minute of Wednesday’s match, it was the first time the United States trailed in a game since March 4.
Playing Norway in the opening round of the Algarve Cup, Team USA fell behind 1-0 just before halftime. The United States came back to win 2-1 on a pair of second-half goals by — who else? — Carli Lloyd.
The Americans’ all-time record against Brazil is 26-3-4.
The U.S. women lost their first game of 2015, falling 2-0 to France on Feb. 8. They haven’t lost since. They have 17 wins and four draws this year.
After Sunday, four games remain on the Americans’ Victory Tour:
• Dec. 6 against Trinidad & Tobago in Honolulu
• Dec. 10 against Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio
• Dec. 13 against China in Glendale, Ariz.
• Dec. 16 against China in New Orleans