USMNT falls in first of two scrimmages with Sao Paulo

USMNT falls in first of two scrimmages with Sao Paulo

U.S. Men's National Team

USMNT falls in first of two scrimmages with Sao Paulo

USMNTTrainingBrazilJan2014 (AP)

By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team took part in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday against Sao Paulo FC, and while not much was originally known about what occurred, news is starting to trickle out.

Following the match on Thursday morning, U.S. Soccer reported that 24 of the 26 players in the USMNT squad saw the field during the 90 minute match and that the USA were defeated, 2-1. While no members of the press or fans were allowed inside the training grounds, Brazilian newspaper Globo reports that former Brazil National Team member Luis Fabiano scored both goals for Sao Paulo while Chris Wondolowski was the USMNT goal scorer. (UPDATE: Per U.S. Soccer press officer Michael Kammarman, Chris Wondolowski was not the goal scorer for the U.S. on Thursday.)

Though they don’t mention the score, Sao Paulo’s official website posted a number of pictures from during and after the scrimmage. Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, and Shane O’Neill all make appearances in the photo gallery.

The USMNT is expected to play Sao Paulo again in a second scrimmage on Monday before departing Brazil on Jan. 25. The USA will face South Korea in a friendly match at StubHub Center on Feb. 1.

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