While US-Mexico won't be on the bill for Sept. 9 after all, the US will face a quality opponent that day nonetheless.
US-Brazil is slated for Sept. 9 in a game billed as the "Clash of Champions."
Games like this don't come around often, even if it is just a friendly.
Still, as one reader pointed out in a comment to an earlier post, this match won't be much consolation to the United States' efforts in Copa America. While this match falls on a FIFA date and the US would be well within their rights to call on any and all players they deem worthy, the same was not the case for Copa America. And as the reader pointed out, it may seem strange why many would put so "much emphasis in friendlies to test the team and then blow off tournaments like Copa America where you really have an opportunity to test the true strength of the US squad."
That's a legitimate question. The way it turned out, it was difficult to take a bulk of players to both tournaments.
Still, Brazil is a challenge no matter the circumstances or what preceded the game. Yes, it's a friendly but teams like Brazil don't just show up to knock the ball around for 90 minutes. What I would be most concerned about is not the result obviously but how the American players fare against the likes of Ronaldinho and Kaka, should they be on the roster.