Sunday, June 28, 2009

Brazil Successfully Defends Confederations Cup Crown Over US

For the second straight time and third time in the event's history, Brazil is the new FIFA Confederations Cup champion after rallying from two goals down to defeat the US Men's National Team, 3-2, in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday.

The five-time FIFA World Cup champions won their eighth straight game and are unbeaten in their last 16.

The US, making history Sunday by playing in their first FIFA-sanctioned tournament final, took the early lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, but Brazil began their rally quickly in the second half as Luis Fabiano scored the first of his two goals in the 47th minute and followed up with another in the 74th minute.

Elano knocked a pass over Lucio, who headed in the final goal in the 84th minute.

The US leaves South Africa Monday night and will arrive in Seattle Tuesday to begin training for the CONCACAF Gold Cup July 3-26.

The Americans are in Group B for pool play with Grenada (July 4 at Qwest Field, Seattle), Honduras (July 8 at RFK Stadium, Washington, DC) and Haiti (July 11 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA).

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