Learning through difficulty

Terrible chapter does not close the book
Learning through difficul

Ryan Nelsen

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In 2001, D.C. United had a very bad season. The three-time MLS Cup Champions posted a record of eight wins, 16 losses and two ties. That was bad enough for a franchise low 26 points in the League standings. Yuck.

New-look Brazil roll US 2-0 at New Meadowlands

Pato, Neymar lead young side as Seleção continue mastery of USA
Recap: BRA 2, USA 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Brazilian youngsters Neymar and Alexandre Pato scored first-half goals as Brazil defeated the United States 2-0 at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday night in the first match for both nations since the 2010 World Cup.

The 18-year-old Neymar scored his first international goal on his debut for Brazil and proved one of the highlights of a young, new-look Brazilian squad which put on a flashy but efficient display.

Commentary: If Bradley's era ends, US could change, too

Celebrated and criticized equally, Bradley's future still unclear
Commentary: Bradley's era

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Only time will tell if Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to Brazil was, in fact, the swan song of a curious career at the helm of the US National Team for Bob Bradley.

Maligned for his mistakes as much as he was celebrated for his successes, Bradley was often laid bare in front of an increasingly savvy American soccer audience finally qualified to hold their top man accountable for everything.

Bradley to proceed as if he's still on the job

After Brazil loss, US coach gives no clues as to his future
Bradley still mum on US

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Speculation says Tuesday's match against Brazil could have been the last as a US manager for Bob Bradley, whose contract expires in December.

Discussions between Bradley and the US Soccer Federation will resume in the aftermath of the match, but the manager says his coaching staff is already planning for the upcoming exhibition matches.

“I’ll be thinking later tonight about those games,” Bradley said after the 2-0 loss to Brazil. “While I’m on the job with the staff that we have, we’re constantly working to look forward to the next game.”

USA-Brazil player ratings: Few bright spots

Guzan comes up big in 2nd half to deny runaway victory
USA-BRA player ratings

Marks are in for the US National Team's 2-0 friendly loss to a green Brazil side on Tuesday night, and they aren't too kind.

The Americans came out of the gate flying, offering hope that their habit of slow starts had been cured. However, this time it was the rest of the game that was the problem.

The US offered more and more space for the Samba Kings to dance around. Eventually, they'd be flattered by the final margin, largely thanks to a monster second-half display from Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

Arena reflects on unexpected Hall of Fame career

Galaxy boss inducted after unparalleled soccer success
Arena inducted into HOF

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Raised in a working-class Long Island home as the son of a butcher and a school bus driver, there was little real possibility that Bruce Arena would someday travel the world as a soccer dignitary.

But a poster of the Italian National Team in his grandfather’s Brooklyn sandwich shop made an impression on a 10-year-old Arena that has lasted a lifetime, punctuated Tuesday when he headlined the 2010 induction class into the National Soccer Hall of Fame during a ceremony at New Meadowlands Stadium.

Experienced US side welcomes revamped Brazil in friendly

New-look Seleção take on Americans as Bradley questions swirl
Preview: USA - Brazil

The Basics 

USA vs. Brazil, international friendly

Where: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

When: 8 p.m. ET

All-time series: Brazil lead 14-1-0

Bill Hamid may get second shot at starting role

Former Academy star wants to cement place in starting 11
Hamid looking to start

Earlier in the season, Bill Hamid was inserted into the starting lineup after United began the season 0-5. He earned the win in his debut, but was soon after relegated back to understudy. After starting against New England, Hamid has his second chance to hold onto the role of starter and, if he manages to sustain the necessary level of play, he could give a glimpse into the future of D.C. United.

Cunningham sneaking up on Moreno for MLS goal mark

Cunningham just 5 goals behind DC legend
Chasing Moreno

Don’t look now, but goal season has just opened for Jeff Cunningham. And this time he has a bigger prey than just the Golden Boot. He’s gunning for D.C. United striker Jaime Moreno.

Two goals in FC Dallas’s win over Philadelphia on Sunday brought Cunningham’s career goal total at 127, five behind Moreno, MLS’ all-time leading goal-scorer.

Cunningham’s chase of Moreno has mostly slipped under the radar this season, partly because of the big-name signings casting long shadows, but also because Cunningham himself has been relatively off the mark this season.

Coach Olsen - Part 2

Interim Head Coach’s debut enforces trust in his players
Coach Olsen - Part 2

Ninety minutes don’t give us a lot with which to form an opinion, but Ben Olsen trusts his players. Olsen only used one substitution during the match against New England, which means that he wanted to show the starting eleven that he had confidence in them to do their job. Confidence is not high at this moment for United, but the players that started the game surely felt some from their coach when he gave them the chance to stay on the field for 90 minutes.

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