Menezes hails Brazil progress after USA win

The Selecao coach praised the performance of goalkeeper Rafael after his debut in the convincing 4-1 victory, but expects a tougher clash against Mexico in their next friendly
Brazilian coach Mano Menezes highlighted the development of his side after goals from Neymar, Thiago Silva, Marcelo and Alexandre Pato saw his side cruise to a deserved 4-1 win in their opening game of a three-match tour in the United States.

Hercules Gomez got on the scoresheet for the Americans, who rallied late but were unable to add to their tally due to a fine performance from debutant 'keeper Rafael, who made one stunning double-save from Gomez and Terrence Boyd. 

The win followed their 3-1 friendly victory over Denmark five days ago and  Menezes was delighted with his side's improvements, and went on to praise his 22-year-old shot-stopper who made his Selecao bow.

"We had some very good moments during that match," Menezes told reporters. "We dominated most of the game.

"We suffered a little bit when the ball was inside our box, because the United States tend to put many players inside the area.

"We need to grow a little after each match. We were better today than against Denmark.

"A debut is always something that brings a lot of nerves. He [Rafael] gave positive responses, just like he has been doing at Santos, and that is why he is in the Brazilian national team," he said.

Menezes also stated that he expects a stiff test from Mexico in Brazil's next game on June 3.

"We are going to have a very tough game," he noted. "Mexico are a mature and well-crafted side.

"We are not at that stage yet. We risk a slip-up, we know that may happen and we will have to be ready."

Brazil end their tour of friendlies in the US with a mouthwatering clash against rivals Argentina on June 9.