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CHICAGO (Sept. 5, 2018) – Building off some strong performances since last November, the U.S. Men’s National Team begins its ambitious six-match Kickoff Series against five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Friday, Sept. 7. Ranked No. 3 in the world, a star-studded Brazil roster led by Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Casemiro will test an MNT roster that averages just over 23 years with one of its toughest tests to date at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Coverage of USA-Brazil, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision and UDN. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.
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*The USA meets Brazil for the 19th time on Friday, with the MNT holding a 1-17-0 all-time record against the five-time World Cup champions.
*The USA’s lone victory came on the back of heroic performances from Kasey Keller and Preki, a memorable 1-0 win in the 1998 Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinals. The MNT has come up just short in a few more matches.
*The teams last played on Sept. 8, 2015, a 4-1 MNT loss in Foxborough, Mass.
*Three MNT players appeared in the last meeting: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin and Gyasi Zardes.
*Neymar’s tallied a brace in that meeting and was one of six players on the current Brazil roster to play, joined by Fabinho, Willian, Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino.
*The USA is 2-1-2 in 2018, most recently coming off an impressive 1-1 draw against France on June 9 in Lyon, the last match before Les Bleus departed for their World Cup-winning conquest in Russia.
*Brazil is 7-1-1 in 2018, with the only defeat coming in their last match, a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals on July 6 in Kazan Russia.
*The 25-player USA roster averages 23 years, 231 days, while Brazil’s 24-man squad comes in at 26 years, 208 days.
*MNT attacker Tim Weah is club teammates with Neymar, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at Paris Saint-Germain.
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