Here is how the two sides will line up for tonight's friendly clash in Foxborough, Massachusetts...
USA subs: Omar Gonzalez, Pedro Morales, Jordan Morris, Aron Johannsson, Mix Diskerud, Tim Howard, Danny Williams, Jonathan Spector, Bobby Wood, Joe Corona, Greg Garza
Brazil subs: Jefferson, Fernandinho, Neymar, Firmino, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Marquinhos, Gabriel Paulista, Danilo, Douglas Santos, Rafina Kaka, Lucas
The US national team continue their preparations for next month’s Confederations Cup play-off against Mexico tonight when they host Brazil in a friendly clash at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
A Jozy Altidore brace saw Jurgen Klinsmann’s men seal a 2-1 comeback victory over Peru in Washington D.C. last week, in what was their first game since a disappointing fourth-place finish at the summer’s Gold Cup – their worst performance at the tournament since 2000.
A one-off showdown against their bitter rivals in Pasadena, California, on 10 October will now determine who represents CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup and Klinsmann sees tonight’s meeting with the Selecao as an ideal final tune-up.
“Just believing that you can play against the best in the world and that you can do well against the best in the world – to build this kind of understanding and feeling is very, very important and you only get that if you play in the game,” the US head coach told MLSSoccer.com ahead of the match. “If you don’t play then you don’t actually know, ‘Can I compete with these guys?’ So this learning curve means a lot.
“I think these games help us for Gyasi [Zardes], for DeAndre Yedlin and for younger players. They come out of these games and, no matter if you win or lose, they come out of there and say, ‘Oh, actually, I think I can do it!’ Like when we came back from Europe.”
Brazil, meanwhile, are coming off a disappointing summer themselves, having been knocked out by Paraguay at the quarter-final stage of the Copa America in the absence of suspended skipper Neymar.
The Barcelona forward will also have to sit out the first two games of their World Cup qualification campaign, which kicks off next month, but he is still eligible to feature in friendlies and hit out at coach Dunga after being benched for the weekend’s narrow 1-0 win over Costa Rica.
"Being benched is not something I'm used to and I'm not willing to get used to it," he told ESPN Brasil following the game in New Jersey. "I want to play and I'm always working to be among the starting XI."
He will have to settle for a spot on the bench again tonight, however, along with Liverpool pair Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, as Dunga opts to go with an attack featuring Chelsea's Willian, Lucas Lima, Douglas Costa and Hulk.
The US do have their captain in the line-up, though, as Michael Bradley returns after missing the Peru win to take his place alongside the likes of Sunderland's Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin and former Black Cat Jozy Altidore in Klinsmann's XI.