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USMNT-Brazil preview: Sarachan, meet gauntlet

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Let’s recap the Dave Sarachan interim spell in charge of the United States men’s national team.

Two wins, three draws, and a loss to Ireland in Dublin are on Sarachan’s record, the most notable perhaps being a 1-1 draw against France that leaves the Yanks as one of the last two teams to play Les Bleus to a stalemate over 90 minutes (Denmark at the World Cup group stage).

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The Rochester, N.Y. born 64-year-old has been a steady hand for a reeling program, one which has yet to announce its next full-time boss (There’s reason to infer it could be Tata Martino, but let’s leave that for a later date).

It’s legitimate to wonder whether Sarachan will add another win to his resume before the end of the year. The manager will lead the U.S. against Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, England, and Italy (though the first four will be hosted on American soil, at least the first two will be without national team phenom Christian Pulisic).

That won’t change what’s easy to see as a successful tenure by the Sarachan, who has navigated the fact that he was a part of the staff who failed to qualify for the World Cup with calm if not savvy while introducing several new players to the fold.

We say all this now because the odds are that the USMNT fan base’s good vibes could be rocked on Friday night when Brazil rolls into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Tite’s Seleção includes Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker, Philippe Coutinho, and Casemiro.

The United States has beaten Brazil once, a 1-0 win at the 1998 Gold Cup, and frankly the Yanks have had a lot of trouble keeping their CONMEBOL visitors from scoring boatloads of goals. Brazil has scored three of more goals in five of six against the USMNT, the outlier being a 2-0 loss.

The latest was a humbling 4-1 defeat for Jurgen Klinsmann’s men that was only saved from a clean sheet by Danny Williams‘ absurd blast in the direction of Marcelo Grohe.

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Sarachan can choose 10 of the 11 men who started the 1-1 draw against France by sliding DeAndre Yedlin into Shaq Moore’s shoes (though we must say he could start 11 of 11, however unlikely).

Brazil’s 4-3-3 will look different for sure, with Marcelo, Paulinho, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Miranda, and Fagner all absent after starting for Tite in the Selecao‘s 2-1 loss to Belgium at the World Cup.

Assuming a Firmino start between Neymar and Willian with Coutinho handling some playmaker duty underneath, this is another massive test for (presumably) Zack Steffen, Yedlin, John Brooks, Matt Miazga, and either Eric Lichaj or Antonee Robinson.

There are ways it could go well and the Yanks could still lose by two, which is why the utmost of caution should be given to any poor performance. But if the Yanks win or draw, it would not just be a positive step but a historic one for a team that enters the day 1-17 all-time against Brazil.

Rare Walker goal slips Man City past Newcastle

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  • Walker, Yedlin score rare goals
  • Match level 1-1 at half
  • Dubravka shines in loss

Kyle Walker‘s goal of the season candidate lifted Manchester City past Newcastle United on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

The match was 1-1 at the break after DeAndre Yedlin‘s first Premier League goal answered Raheem Sterling‘s opener.

By the final stanza, the match very much looked like Newcastle was happy to limit its goal differential damage and City was happy with the win.

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Riyad Mahrez was the target of Man City’s early plan, and he cooked Paul Dummett before dragging a shot wide of the near post in the fourth minute.

It was 1-0 after 430 seconds, though, as Raheem Sterling found the ball off a Jamaal Lascelles giveaway. He cut past DeAndre Yedlin and belted a shot past a flying Martin Dubravka.

The Newcastle keeper kept Gabriel Jesus off the board in the 18th minute after the latter worked past Ciaran Clark in the Magpies’ box.

Then the stunning equalizer with Yedlin racing past Gabriel Jesus to slot Salomon Rondon’s perfect past beyond a splayed Ederson. Game on.

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Walker scored an amazing goal in the 52nd minute to restore City’s lead, drilling a low shot through traffic from 25 yards.

And he tried his luck on a 57th minute free kick, catching Dubravka off guard for a parry and leading to the ball in the net a few moves later… offside, though.

Dubravka made a trio of outstanding saves in sequence during the 64th, stopping Fernandinho once and David Silva twice. He’d then stop Aguero in stoppage time after a marvelous pass from Fernandinho.

First PL goal for USMNT’s Yedlin has Newcastle level at Man City (video)

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DeAndre Yedlin‘s first Premier League goal has Newcastle United hanging with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s final match.

In what’s been a wild week for the USMNT man, Yedlin has a goal and an assist against Chelsea and City but was also the primary culprit in two concessions.

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The former Seattle Sounders youngster blazed down the right, past a sleepy Gabriel Jesus, to pot a terrific through ball from Salomon Rondon into the City goal.

Raheem Sterling had cooked the American right back on Man City’s opener, but Yedlin was unbowed.

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Rafa Benitez knows its hard to play aggressively versus Man City, and Newcastle United visits a wounded giant on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

City drew Wolves 1-1 last weekend, and went 6-0 last season in matches following dropped points in the Premier League.

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Leroy Sane is not even in the 18 for Manchester City, which starts both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero against the Magpies.

Salomon Rondon will lead the line for Newcastle.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero. Subs: Muric, Gundogan, Delph, B. Silva, Otamendi, Foden

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon. Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Murphy, Atsu, Muto, Joselu.

Everton’s Richarlison added to Brazil roster

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21-year-old Everton winger Richarlison has been called up to the Brazilian international team after his hot start to the Premier League season.

Brazil is gearing up for a pair of international friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in the coming international window. A knee injury forced 21-year-old Fluminese striker Pedro out of the squad before his chance to earn his first cap. Richarlison was called in to replace him, brought into the fold over Manchester City attacker and World Cup participant Gabriel Jesus.

Richarlison, after joining Everton this summer from Watford, has three goals in his first three league appearances with the Toffees. He scored a brace in the season-opening 2-2 draw with Wolves, and then scored in the 2-1 win over Southampton. He was then sent off in this past weekend’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

Richarlison is a youth product of Brazilian club America Minero. He moved to Fluminese where he was discovered internationally and moved to Watford in the summer of 2017. The youngster represented Brazil at the youth level 10 times, scoring three goals as the U-20 team failed to place at the 2017 South American Championship.

Richarlison transferred to Everton this summer in a deal reportedly worth up to $65.5 million. His three goals have been assisted by three different players. He was sent off this past weekend against Bournemouth in a controversial decision after he was judged to have headbutted a Bournemouth player, although replays showed there was very little actual contact in the incident. The straight red will see him suspended for three matches barring an appeal from Everton. Toffees boss Marco Silva acknowledged that the decision was soft but also warned Richarlison for his actions.

This decision also says a lot about Brazil boss Tite’s view of Gabriel Jesus. The Manchester City youngster struggled mightily this summer at the World Cup, but despite those struggles, Tite stuck with him for the majority of the tournament, ignoring calls to replace him with the in-form Roberto Firmino. Now, having failed to reward his manager for the loyalty, his place in the team may be seriously in jeopardy.