Sloppy defending the entire game from the U.S. outside backs. Brasil picked on that left side the entire first half, seeing that Spector could be beaten pretty much every time. The only real solid back they have there is Onyewu and even he makes far too many bonehead plays to play center back. They will need to shore up their organization, shape, and stop ball watching like early teenagers if they want to stop allowing teams to play in their own box. You guys say the first goal was weak, but it was an excellently placed ball, and a nice redirection finish, which is all that is necessitated on a ball being played in like that. There's a large degree of luck, but with any flighted ball there seems to be. As I recall Brasil put the game winner in off of their team captain's chest. It's all in the redirection, as the keeper has already committed. Tim Howard is an absolute beast. I think I mentioned it in my last post, but the U.S. has had serious World Class goalkeeping for awhile now, and Howard is the best they've ever had. He stops the weak U.S. defense from allowing a great number of additional goals they deserve to give up. I really love the way Dempsey plays and have since the last World Cup, and Donovan continues to play well on both sides of the ball. I think that as Altidore continues to mature (he's not even 20 years old yet), and realized how big, strong, and fast he actually is, he could turn into a real goalscoring threat for the U.S. Sacha Kljestan should probably be cut from the team -- did he touch the ball a single time today after he was substituted in and not turn it over immediately to the Brasilians? I can't think of a single time the U.S. maintained possession after his touch. What an awful substitute. The U.S. needs DaMarcus Beasley out there patrolling the wing with his speed and ability to hold the ball with pressure. Overall you can't get mad at having a 2 goal lead against the best team on Earth when you were a +550 underdog at kickoff. Great experience for the Americans, getting a feel for the lay of the land in the stadium's of next year's World Cup and getting to play back-to-back tremendous opponents and not being embarrassed. The game in this country has taken larger steps forward than any other in the last 15 years, and I hope it continues to grow. It was interesting to see about 90% of the wall posts on my Facebook news feed dedicated to the match throughout the duration of it.