Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ties Give U.S. Date with Brazil

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ties Give U.S. Date with Brazil

Article excerpt

That rush of warm air felt around the Los Angeles area Tuesday was the collective exhaling of the U.S. World Cup team after learning it had advanced to the second round.

After losing to Romania on Sunday and placing third in Group A, the U.S. team had to wait while a plethora of possibilities played themselves out before they could be sure that their 1-1-1 record would send them through to the round of 16. The team knew by mid-morning that it had made it, after the Mexico-Italy and Norway-Ireland games had ended in ties.

But then they had to wait several hours to learn the identity of their next opponent. After settling for a 1-1 tie against Sweden on Tuesday, Brazil will play the United States on July 4, at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. Brazil, the winner in Group B, won all of its three first-round matches and allowed only one goal, that to Sweden.

"I'm psyched," Alexi Lalas said. "If we want to go on in the tournament, we have to play against the best."

Never mind that Brazil is the favorite of many to win the World Cup and that the next game may be the last for the young U. …

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