Eli and I were lucky enough to be able to go to the Brazil vs US game this week, to watch Brazil's new coach try out new players and to see most of the US's World Cup squad go head to head in a friendly match. Brazil, as to be expected, came out the winner 2 to 0, bringing back some of the beautiful game sparkle that was missing from the seleção during the World Cup. Even though we were high up, I could see some of the fancy footwork and moves, and it was so much fun to watch.
Plus, the crowd made for great people watching: tons and tons of Brazilians, a surprising number of US fans (and hardcore ones at that), and a somewhat unexpectedly large group of Americans rooting for Brazil, decked out in yellow and green jerseys, hats, wigs, and some crazy decor. I didn't realize that so many people loved the Brazil team that much in the US, and it was fun to see I wasn't alone. To boot: the turn out was over 77,000 people, which is kind of a big deal for a soccer game in the US. The new stadium is beautiful, and much to Eli and our friends' glee, we bought the cheapest seats, though they are usually the most expensive in Brazil, since there's a full view of the entire field from above.
The whole experience was like being in Brazil for the night, and it was a wonderful little escape.
Photos courtesy of Eli