LANDOVER, Maryland - A resurgent United States men's soccer team faced a youthful but talented Brazil in a friendly football match at FedEx Field in the Washington suburb of Landover, Maryland, on Wednesday.
More than 67,000 fans attended - a record crowd for a U.S. match in the capital region.
The U.S. team was on a five-match winning streak and looking to finalize its preparations for the start of a World Cup qualifying campaign next month.
U.S. v. Brazil Men's Soccer Draws Big Crowds (View Photo Gallery)
Soccer fans walk into FedEx Field stadium in Landover, Maryland to watch the U.S. men's national team face Brazil in an international friendly on May 30, 2012. VOA/M/ Lipin
USA soccer supporters enjoy a lighter moment outside the stadium before the match. VOA/M. Lipin
USA soccer supporters' section at FedEx Field prior to kick-off. Many fans wore the U.S. national team's new horizontal red-and-white striped jersey, introduced earlier this year. VOA/M. Lipin
Brazilian and U.S. team members march onto the field for the national anthems. VOA/M. Lipin
USA supporters energize the crowd as play gets under way. VOA/M. Lipin
USA fans celebrate after Herculez Gomez scores in the 45th minute, reducing Brazil's lead to 2-1. VOA/M. Lipin
Brazilian players gather around Marcelo (no. 6) after he scores Brazil's third goal, making the score 3-1. VOA/M. Lipin
Brazil fans prefer to remain anonymous as they watch their team dominate the USA. VOA/M. Lipin
Brazilian supporters cheer as Alexandre Pato scores the 4th and final goal against the USA. VOA/M. Lipin
What was the final margin of Brazil's victory? The fan in the no. 10 jersey has the answer. VOA/M/ Lipin
But a poor U.S. defense helped five-time World Cup champion Brazil to score two goals by the 26th minute.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez gave the home fans a reason to hope for a comeback with a headed goal just before half-time. But Brazil exploited weaknesses in the U.S. defense and scored twice more to complete a 4-1 rout.
U.S. and Brazilian fans mingled with each other throughout the stadium, turning the stands into a colorful patchwork of red and yellow.