Neymar and Roberto Firmino scored the goals when Brazil won a friendly 2-0 win over an inexperienced American here on Friday. Brazil, which played its first international game since a disappointing start to the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was in complete control during a discreet game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The South American giants won their last 10 games against the United States, whose only victory dates back to 1998. There was never much doubt that Brazil would extend its record of wins to 11 straight wins, as they dominated against an American team they are rebuilding after of his shock failure to qualify for the Russian World Cup.
Brazil slipped through a one-sided first half, with the hosts paying the price for repeatedly wasting possession at low prices.
The opening goal came after 11 minutes, when Juventus winger Douglas Costa found himself in space on the right flank.
British left back Antonee Robinson rushed to close Costa, but was left for dead as the Brazilian jumped to his side too easily before marking Firmino with a low and precise center.
The Liverpool striker took advantage of an easy final and beat Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen 1-0.
Costa had Robinson in trouble again after 31 minutes, going clearly to beat at another low crossing. This time, however, Neymar could not reach the end while the Americans cleared.
In the 39th minute Steffen saved intelligently from Liverpool signing Fabinho while Brazil continued to press.
The South Americans doubled their advantage three minutes from the break when the captain of EE. UU., Wil Trapp, cut Fabinho in the penalty area.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar took a step forward in his 58th international goal in his 91st match.
Neymar, who was handed the captain's armband by manager Tite for this game, is now only five goals away from Ronaldo in second place in Brazil's all-time scoring charts.
Ronaldo has 62 goals, while Pele leads the list with 77.
Brazil's sense of superiority was underlined by the fact that Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson did not have to make a save until the 71st minute, flipping a low shot from Trapp.
US coach Dave Sarachan, who spent almost a year as interim head of the team after the departure of Bruce Arena after the World Cup debacle, admitted that his team had paid the price for giving up possession at a very low price.
"We play as one of the best teams in the world," said Sarachan.
"We were a little nervous, I probably should have done a little better with the ball, but that's why you play these games.
"It was not going to be an easy night when you play in a team like Brazil."