The US Lost to Brazil 3-2 But Did Impress: The United States faced the most prestigious national team on the planet, on the grandest stage men’s soccer in this country has seen. They competed and were, for 45 minutes, dominant. They acquitted themselves as equals. Though the result disappointed, their effort resounded through the soccer world. It was one loss to Brazil, but it was worth ten wins against Mexico.
Can the U.S. Beat Brazil? Within one week, the U.S. Men’s National Team disposed of the reigning African and European champions, Egypt and Spain, by a combined 5-0 score. These efforts propelled the team from a neglected embarrassment to a crew of miraculous heroes. However, for the most part psychologically, the final against Brazil will be different.
Pending his official unveiling after international duty, Brazilian superstar Kaka (or KaKA! if you’re Dave O’Brien) has agreed to a world-record transfer from A.C. Milan to Real Madrid. The final figure, about $94 million, significantly trumps the second largest transfer, Real Madrid’s purchase of Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for $75 million in 2001. It was far lower than the $150 million offered by Manchester City in January.