U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Brazil – Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

USMNT Team Photo

Neymar was the star as Brazil defeated the U.S. Men’s National Team 4-1 in an international friendly match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The September 8, 2015 match, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, provided an important test for both teams. This was Brazil’s final preparation ahead of key World Cup qualifiers, and the U.S. faces a difficult Confederations Cup playoff match against Mexico.

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2015 International Champions Cup POST-MATCH: SL Benfica vs New York Red Bulls

Benfica vs. NYRBHarrison, New Jersey

Portuguese champions Benfica lost to the New York Red Bulls by a score of 2-1 tonight.  This is Benfica’s third straight loss in the preseason International Champions Cup, after losing to PSG and Fiorentina.

Benfica manager Rui Vitória opted for a completely new starting eleven, handing Ederson his first opportunity in goal and Nelson Semedo the right full-back spot, and finally giving Benfica fans an opportunity to see their team’s star signing Adel Taarabt in action.  Taarabt’s lack of action prior to tonight had raised questions about his relationship with his new manager.

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2015 International Champions Cup POST-MATCH: SL Benfica vs ACF Fiorentina

Benfica FiorentinaEast Hartford, Connecticut

Portuguese Champions Benfica faced off against Italian side Fiorentina in the 2015 Guinness International Champions Cup.

This match was anything but friendly; a red card, numerous yellows, and several bone-crunching tackles made it appear as though the two sides were meeting in a Champions League playoff match instead of a preseason friendly.  (more…)

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