New Brazil era starts with win
Brazil launched the new era under Mano Menezes with a 2-0 victory over the United States in New Jersey.
Last Updated: 11/08/10 7:48am
Brazil launched the new era under Mano Menezes with a 2-0 victory over the United States following goals from Neymar and Alexandre Pato.
Menezes has replaced Dunga as coach of the national team following Brazil's quarter-final exit at this summer's World Cup in South Africa.
He saw debutant Neymar open the scoring in New Jersey just before the half-hour mark and AC Milan striker Pato made certain of the win with the second goal before the break.
A strong Brazil line-up were rarely troubled by Bob Bradley's side, and could have won by a healthier margin.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard had an impressive first half, despite conceding two goals, but was replaced at the break by Brad Guzan.
Neymar, making his first full appearance at senior level after being left out of Dunga's World Cup squad, opened the scoring on 28 minutes when he headed home an Andre Santos cross from the left.
The hosts had no reply to the attacking football Brazil displayed at the Meadowlands stadium, and found themselves two behind just before the interval.
Pato caught the US defenders sleeping as he latched onto Ramires' pass and rounded Howard before slotting into the net.
Brazil went close to making it 3-0 early in the second half, but captain Robinho, who is returning to Manchester City following a loan spell with Santos, could only hit the post after picking up possession following a Neymar shot.
Both coaches decided to give their substitutes chances to shine during the second period.
One of those introduced was Ederson, who came on for his first Brazil appearance for Neymar in the 72nd minute, but lasted only two minutes before leaving the pitch injured and being replaced by Carlos Eduardo.
The US almost capitalised on some uncharacteristically sloppy passing by Brazil and looked set to pull a goal back through Michael Bradley, but he was adjudged offside.