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Neymar, Pato headline Brazil roster for USA friendly

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The U.S. men's national team will have its hands full on May 30.

Brazil coach Mano Menezes released his roster for the Selecao's upcoming friendlies against Denmark, Mexico, the United States and Argentina, and he is not holding back as Brazil continues its preparations for this summer's Olympic tournament.

Players such as Neymar, Alexandre Pato, Paulo Ganso and Dani Alves will all be taking part during the upcoming stretch, as Brazil will be playing Denmark in Germany on May 26 before facing the U.S. men at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on May 30, Mexico at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on June 3, and Argentina at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on June 8.

Here is Brazil's 23-man roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael (Santos)

DEFENDERS: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Danilo (Porto), Juan (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (Porto), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Bruno Uvini (Tottenham)

MIDFIELDERS: Casemiro (Sao Paulo), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Giuliano (Dnipro), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Wellington Nem (Fluminense), Oscar (Internacional), Romulo (Vasco de Gama), Sandro (Tottenham)

FORWARDS: Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Hulk (Porto), Neymar (Santos), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)

What do you think of the roster?

Share your thoughts below. 


  1. Yeah, they said the game would be ugly back in the day and Kasey Keller absolutely stonewalled them….Let’s Go You Yanks!

  2. It’s not. It’s a nick-name given to him when he was younger because he looks like lou ferrigno… true story.

  3. Was anxious for the US Roster announcment…now just that sinking feeling. But hey, it was the same feeling I had before Italy.

  4. He’s actually not eligible to play for the CL final… yellow card accumulation, so that can’t be the reason.


  5. WHOA WHOA WHOA! Guys,we are missing one of the top 50 MLS goalscorers of all time. Two words, one name: Chad Barrett.

  6. Theres more than one brazilian footballer with the name Juan.

    Juan of Inter (Juan Jesus)


    Juan of Roma (Juan Silveira dos Santos )

  7. Not that they need him, but Ramires has been awfully impressive for Chelsea lately.
    Anyone know why he’s not involved?

  8. Tim, Tim.

    Let’s keep some perspective here. This is a friendly.

    If this was the World Cup Qualifying, I’d agree. Let’s not show all of our cards when it’s not needed.

    Element of surprise.

  9. I stand corrected. Forgot about the Juan Inter signed back in the January transfer window. Too many to keep track of!

  10. This can possibly be their Olympic squad cause majority of the players are under-23 (only Tiago Silva 27, Dani Alves 29, and Jefferson 28 are older) and possibility that a lot of these players will be there for the World Cup team for 2014 .

    Good luck USA.

  11. I think you mean Lucio of Inter not Juan of Inter. I doubt Juan will be selected as he’s been hurt for Roma for quite some time now.


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