US ON WRONG SIDE OF SAMBA

ALL indications are that the United States will tonight be on the wrong side of a rejuvenated Brazil side, when the two meet in the Confed Cup Group B clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria this afternoon.

ALL indications are that the United States will tonight be on the wrong side of a rejuvenated Brazil side, when the two meet in the Confed Cup Group B clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria this afternoon.

Brazil blamed fatigue for the close call they had against Egypt in their opening match - and they had a point as they were coming from some arduous 2010 qualifying match in which they blasted Uruguay 4-0.

The altitude was also a factor, however, had they lost their first match against an African country you can bet the knives would have been out for coach Dunga.

All this make it imperative that the CONCACAF champions register a comprehensive win come kickoff at 4pm.

But Bob Bradley's men believe that the Brazilian side could be beaten.

"We had the opportunity to see their game against Egypt and it looks like they're human after all," US captain Landon Donovan said.

The American centre back Carlos Bocanegra returns from injury, to join the likes of Donovan, Jozi Atidore and centre back, Oguchi Onyewu who gained the admiration of Italian coach Marcello Lippi for the defensive qualities he lends Bradley's team.

But Kaka, Robinho, Daniel Alves and Gilberto Silva have pride to think of, bearing in mind that the unthinkable almost happened.

Kaka has given a glimpse into his team's psyche, even when the chips are down: "As long as we remain strong in adversity like against Egypt, I think we'll be on the right track.

"We tried everything we could to get the winner after they came back to make it 3-3, and in the end we secured the three points. In a short tournament with decisive matches, that's all that matters," he said.

This group is headed by Italy, with Brazil second because of the number of goals conceded, Egypt and the US coming in last.

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