Neymar was criticised widely in Russian Federation for the way he went to ground too easily as Brazil disappointed in the competition, and it was a similar story in the 2-0 win over the United States.
Liverpool striker Firmino netted in the 11th minute at MetLife Stadium with a slick volley at the far post after Douglas Costa's blistering run and cross from the right. Neymar's goal was his 58th in 91 appearances for his country. The new general manager, Earnie Stewart, said this week that a permanent coach would be announced this year.
Brazil, playing their first match since Belgium knocked them out of the World Cup quarter-finals, improved their record against the United States to 18 wins in 19 games. When Brazil beat the USA 2-0 in August 2010 shortly after the venue opened, the game drew 77,223. "And when you press a team one at a time like Brazil, they play easily out of the back".
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The minutes were spent with a Brazil that kept Neymar in the field to be engaged in training with an obsession for always having the ball and not letting go when it was near the area.
Fred almost helped put Brazil 3-0 ahead two minutes into the second half but his pass to Firmino was cut out by US goalkeeper Zack Steffen, while Neymar's shot was cleared off the line four minutes later.
Playing in New Jersey for the first time since losing to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena last September, the US did not force a save from goalkeeper Alisson until the 71st minute.
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The referee though whistled for a free-kick for a foul by the Newcastle player on Neymar midway through the first half. Neymar scored at MetLife eight years ago in his worldwide debut. The best USA chance was McKennie's left-footed shot off a Kellyn Acosta pass in the 66th, which went wide.
Neymar and Brazil will head to Landover in Maryland for Tuesday's friendly against minnows El Salvador, while United States of America are set to face rivals Mexico in Nashville.
Brazil traveled to the States for an global friendly with U.S.A. Brooks will head back to Wolfsburg and miss Tuesday's game.
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U.S. were not without chances, with Weston McKennie in the thick of the action, but the hosts were unable to execute in front of a vocal crowd at MetLife Stadium, where the likes of Barcelona midfielder Arthur and Everton forward Richarlison made their Brazil debuts. Dede entered in the 80th, his first appearance in five years.