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By Fitzgerald Cecilio
The United States national soccer team was brought down to earth as five-time world champion Brazil took advantage of the Americans sloppy play to score a 4-1 victory in an exhibition game before a crowd of 67,619 at FedEx Field.
The game was supposed to be the biggest test for the Americans. Instead, they were schooled by a fine Brazilian side and snapped their five-game winning streak.
Rising superstar Neymar put Brazil ahead in the 12th minute with a penalty kick after a hand ball on Oguchi Onyewu.
His corner kick was headed in by Thiago Silva for his first international goal in the 26th minute before the Americans bounced back with a goal from Herculez Gomez in the 45th minute.
Marcelo extended Brazil's lead to 3-1 in the 52nd minute before Alexandre Pato provided the final count with a goal in the 87th minute.
After scoring a hat trick in the US 5-1 victory over Scotland, Landon was scoreless in three attempts.
The Americans will have a chance to regain momentum in another exhibition game Sunday at Canada.
After that, the United States will open World Cup qualifying with a home game against Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 and an away match against Guatemala on June 12.
The Brazilians improved to 16-1 against the U.S. with a 35-11 goal difference. Being the host country, they have received an automatic berth to the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil Downs United States in Exhibition Soccer Match