The U.S. women's national soccer team has extended its unbeaten record to 42 games with a 2-0 victory over Brazil. VOA's Jim Stevenson has more on the game played in East Rutherford, New Jersey near New York.
U.S. veteran Kristine Lilly got the United States off to a fast start,curling a corner kick into the Brazilian net in the first minute Saturday at Giants Stadium. Brazil played hard in the first half, shoving, tripping and hitting the Americans.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach became a favorite target of the Brazilians.
"I got hit in the head six times. I'm getting pulled to the ground," she said. "Everybody was getting it [hit by the Brazilians]. And the thing is that is a tactic of soccer that you can use to break down another team. And I think they do it perfectly.
But Wambach got back up and used her head in the 17th minute for what proved to be the insurance goal.
U.S. head coach Greg Ryan says the rough Brazilian style provided a learning opportunity for his team.
"You could see that the veteran players in our team did not really have any problems dealing with it. But I think [for] some of our younger players, this was a new experience for them to see [opposing] players coming in hard and late, cleats up. So we know some teams are going to approach us this way. And I am glad we were able to hold up to it and get a two-nil win," said Ryan.
The game against Brazil, ranked eighth in the world, was the second for the top ranked Americans in a six-game warmup series ahead of the Women's World Cup in China. The U.S. women had defeated China, 2-0, in the opening game a week earlier in Cleveland, Ohio.