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U.S. to play Brazil Sept. 9, replacing Mexico match

CHICAGO -- The U.S. soccer team will play South American champion Brazil in an exhibition game Sept. 9 in Chicago, replacing a match against Mexico that was called off because of financial problems.

This will be the first game between Brazil and the U.S. since 2003, when the Brazilians won 2-1 in overtime in the Gold Cup semifinals in Miami.

"It is a very exciting opportunity for our players to get to play perhaps the most storied team in the world," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said.

The Americans had been scheduled to play Mexico at Azteca Stadium on Sept. 9 in a rematch of the Gold Cup final. The game was canceled because of what the U.S. Soccer Federation said were "contractual and financial considerations."

The United States, champion of North and Central America and the Caribbean, is 1-11 against the Brazilians, winning in 1998 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Brazil plays Mexico in an exhibition Sept. 12 at Foxborough, Mass.