US U-23s drop 3-0 decision in Brazil; Rapids pair, Southampton keeper start


The United States men’s U-23 national team faced a tough task in dealing with Brazil’s U-23 team in Brasilia on Monday night.

And it didn’t go very well right off the bat, as the home squad struck first. Twenty-four-year-old Atletico Mineiro striker Luan netted in the third minute.

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Newly-minted Barcelona back Douglas scored Brazil’s second goal, with 21-year-old Lazio defender Vinicius also tallying for the hosts.

The States started Southampton keeper Cody Cropper between the sticks, and had Colorado pair Shane O’Neill and Dillon Serna in the starting lineup. FC Utrecht mid Rubio Rubin and Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris also started.

US U-23s: Cropper; Sorto, Carter-Vickers (Miazga, 61′), O’Neill, Ocegueda; Rubin, Joya (Hairston, 83′), Hyndman (Flores, 61′), Serna; Rodriguez (Spencer, 71′), Morris (Hernandez, 83′)