U.S. sharp in attack, not defense

We hand out player grades for the U.S.'s 4-1 loss to Brazil

Updated: May 31, 2012, 12:34 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Jurgen Klinsmann's approach of pressing high defensively and playing at a high tempo may be new to the U.S., but such concepts have long been staples of Brazil's game. And after the two sides squared off on Wednesday, the verdict was clear: The master still holds sway over the apprentice, as Brazil claimed a 4-1 victory.

Goals by Neymar and Thiago Silva staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead inside 30 minutes, only for the U.S. to pull a goal back through Herculez Gomez just before halftime. ...

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