So, that Jürgen Klinsmann must be feeling pretty happy at the moment: a big win against Scotland to kick off a rash of internationals - five in 18 days - in a year that has already seen USMNT beat one of the world's powers, Italy.
Meanwhile, Brazil have a pretty decent recent record too - winning the last seven and losing only once in the last 17 - and that was against Germany in Stuttgart.
Brazil - and their five World Cup wins - have a dominating record over the USA: in 16 games, Brazil have won 15 and the USA one. That lone victory came in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final in 2003. But there have been some tight encounters, with this 2009 Confederations Cup final - when the US had already beaten Spain in the tournament (although had already lost to Brazil too) - making for top quality entertainment:
Without a tournament this summer, Klinsmann says that he wants this intensive period of action to recreate some of the intensity of a tournament - and it does end with the start of World Cup qualifiers. Said Klinsmann:
We're treating this period of time like it would be a small tournament because this camp is a lot about how the players build chemistry and deal with a longer period of time being together. It's about how they are willing to go the extra mile in that time period to answer a lot of questions in that stretch. That's why we're calling it almost a mini-tournament.
Team news will be coming up shortly. Kick off is scheduled for 8pm EST.
Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra (c), Johnson; Bradley, Jones, Edu; Donovan, Gomez, Torres
Subs: Parkhurst, Dempsey, Beckerman, Castillo, Boyd, Goodson, Rimando
Rafael; Marcelo, Juan Jesus, Thiago Silva, Danilo; Oscar, Rômulo, Sandro; Hulk, Leandro Damião, Neymar
Subs: Jefferson, Neto, David Luiz, Alex Sandro, Bruno Uvini, Rafael, Lucas Moura, Giuliano, Casemiro, Alexandre Pato, Willington Nem
I guess I'm going to have to stick my neck out to encourage some predictions from you lot, so I'm going to predict a first for these two teams: 1-1.
This is a young Brazilian side, just two players over the age of 25. There's an enormous amount of experience there, to be sure, and they are unlikely to be overwhelmed by the atmosphere or the opposition. But this USA team is growing under Klinsmann and, while the Scotland result may not be a guide to tonight, they have some form.
Here's that USA vs Scotland game from three days ago:
And here's Brazil's last game, vs Denmark:
And, if those videos don't keep you going until kick off, here's a couple of pieces you may enjoy reading:
ShinGuardian's unique take on tonight's game: "Are Jürgen Klinsmann's USA ready for Brazil after beating the Scots?"
Or, for the game at a different level, how about Graham Parker and Daniel Feuerstein's look at the US Open Cup - both its history and this week's games: "99 years of the US Open Cup."
"@Busfield That Brazilian front three looks frightening. Think they'll be too strong going forward and will win 3-1."
Anyone dare to disagree?
Meanwhile Atif Mahmood tweets: "@Busfield Is the game on in the uk?"
Well, Atif, I'm watching on ESPN in the US, and they have channels in the UK, so maybe it's on there.
Michiel Jongsma tweets: "@Busfield I was about to go to bed, but then I remembered this pearl was on show. Damn those timezones! Have a good mbm."
Thanks, Michael. Guess you're not watching in the USA. Or you're going to bed damn early. How about a prediction?
There's a lot of yellow in the stadium - as there always is when Brazil play. anywhere - but that Star Spangled Banner brought out the singing.
Scott Bassett emails: "Prediction: 2-1 USA! No, Wait, 4-1 Brazil! Crap, I don't know what to think. I would love that Scotland performance to be the new mode, but weren't the Scots jet-lagged, hung-over and over heated? I'm not lovin' the McWhopper shirts on those kids, I can tell you that."
On a similar theme: Chris Horymski tweets: "@Busfield marketing genius that the kiddies who get to march the USA XI all wear a huge Ronald McDonald M"
Your thoughts on Ronald etc welcome, although I may not get around to them until half-time - hoping it's too good a game. Of course, if it's a stinker, I may be begging for emails before then.
Brazil in the famous yellow shirt, blue shorts but with blue socks, while USA in the new red and white hooped shirts and blue shorts and white socks.
And we're off...
Johnson overlaps down the left for the USA but his cross goes straight out for a goal kick.
Under a little bit of pressure Tim Howard boots the ball straight out on the right.
josh tweets: "@Busfield sigh. Is it stupid to predict a 3-2 win for the USA? I'm turning into a believer."
Klinsmann accused Denmark of showing Brazil too much respect. USA not looking scared so far. Donovan cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, beyond the far post.
Teams still feeling each other up, fnnar, fnnar.
There's some traffic issues outside the stadium according to this email from Brian Rottkamp:
"Down:I've been sitting in traffic for two-and-a-half hours en route to the game
Up: I may get to hear the NBA draft lottery on the radio."
And the Celtics-Heat, Brian. And the Stanley Cup. But let's hope you get into the stadium soon.
Lovely bit of skill by Hulk, first a backheel wide on the right, and when he gets the ball back, some stepovers followed by a cross with the outside of his right foot, which temptingly hangs, but Howard does well to reach out and collect.
USA patiently passing the ball at the back and into midfield. Donovan tries to find Edu but the ball doesn't quite reach him.
Controversial call from the ref - shot from distance by Rômulo hits Onyewu's arm. Neymar to take it...
Neymar sends Howard the wrong way, into the bottom right corner. USA 0-1 Brazil
That was a harsh call on Onyewu. USA counter and Edu strikes one from 30 yards, hard, but wide.
The ref might lose control of this. Torres is booked. For backchat?
Danilo gets forward for Brazil, past Torres, but the linesman says he is offside.
And now USA have a freekick in a dangerous spot, 22 yards out to the left of the goal. Who will take?
Gomez shoots low but the debutant Brazilian keeper gets down and keeps hold. Still 1-0 to Brazil.
Johnson cuts in and his right foot cross looks dangerous, but just floats away from Gomez for a goalkick.
Scott Bassett emails: "This ref looks like a real douche. I thought it was a penalty, but, with the card here for Torres, the ref is clearly one of these guys who like to be the star."
Great save by Howard, who comes out and blocks Damião's shot.
Damião's shot came after a lovely little chip over the defense. Brazil looking eager, pressing on the US defense, making life difficult for the defenders.
And another booking, this time to a Brazilian, for a silly little trip in an area of no danger. No danger of this ref treating the game as a friendly either.
Hulk with another run, across the right corner of the box, feeds Danilo, whose cross looks tempting, but Howard gets it again. And then Howard has to make a save from a low shot. Brazil looking tasty.
Gomez is fouled about 25 yards out and USA have another free kick in a dangerous-ish area. Donovan fancies this one, maybe.
@beaudotgiles tweets: "@busfield Onyewu is an accident waiting to happen, and it happened early tonight."
I think that's a little harsh on this indicent, beaudot. It was ball to arm.
Donovan chips it into the area and Bocanegra does well to rise above the defense to claim it, but can't keep the header down. USA's best chance thus far.
Some chaos inside the US box, partially caused by the men in yellow, but also partially by a Onyewu miscue. Corner.
Brazil 2-0 USA
Corner comes in and Silva gets his head to the ball too easily. His first goal for Brazil. Hmm. Long way back for USA here.
Brazil have looked the better side, but 2-0 is slightly flattering. That was a poor goal to give away so easily. Poor corner. Poor marking at the corner. Now USA have a corner of their own...
Keeper does well to get a punch on the corner and clear it. Throw in USA.
The long throw reaches Donovan 12 yards out but he lifts his shot above the bar.
Rohit Kapur emails: "RE the penalty: I thought it had to be given. It was one of those things where if he hadn't given it, we'd all be debating about how he could miss such a clear handball." That's probably a fair point, Rohit.
FedexField travel update: Brian Rottkamp writes: "Almost there. Looking forward to the post-game handshakes."
Cherundolo is tackled as he tries to overlap down the right and the ball is booted clear. But this is better from USA, with more possession and territory.
Gomez strays offside as the US try to find a way through. Still USA 0-2 Brazil.
This young Brazilian side look more energetic than many of their predecessors, closing down the US team as soon as the hoops get the ball.
Brazil break fast down the right after the US skipper loses the ball, and Hulk breaks, crosses low to the edge of the six-yard box. Cherundolo clears
Brazil win another corner, but it's cleared to Donovan, but he is immediately closed down and Brazil get the ball back.
Neymar lays the ball inside to Oscar, but his shot is high and wide. Still 2-0 for Brazil.
Again, some more confusion in the US defense - I've had some emails/tweets on that subject which I'll get to at half time - but USA avoids any further damage.
Silva floats a pass across to Marcelo, but the Brazilian on the left would've needed two sets of stilts to reach that. And perhaps a giraffe to climb on top of too.
USA unable to get control of the ball in the midfield and are now sitting very deep. The sort of deep that is only really an encouraging sign when you're a goal up with 2 mins to go in a world cup quarter final.
And as soon as I typed that, USA broke, Bradley threaded a pass through to the overlapping Johnson, who cut it back past the keeper at the near post and Gomez scores from two yards into an empty goal. USA 1-2 Brazil
Half-time. USA will go into the break feeling a lot better for that goal. A lot better. Maybe I bought the goal for them by trying to make a joke about the US defending, and instead just made my own reporting look foolish.
Brian Rottkamp writes: "Reached my seat, beer in hand, about seven seconds before Gomez scored."
Hurrah! Enjoy the second half.
Scott Bassett emails: "Gooch looks rattled and a mess so far and all that passing and moving and pressing against Scotland has switched from the red hoops to the yellow shirts. Why is Cameron not in the team tonight?"
A series of tweets from Michiel Jongsma: "@Busfield To be honest, I would not have predicted this. Brazil is looking quite disciplined for a Brazilian side. Impressive."
"Oh and it's 2:48 AM, in my timezone, so freakishly late to watch a game of football."
"@Busfield Where does this crazy American resilience come from? They always seem to have some superior kind of mental strength."
More in a moment...
Sam Robinson tweets: "@Busfield USA look as if they're playing in a Doncaster kit and the defence is playing like Doncaster!"
And again: "@Busfield USA need to improve defensively if they're to avoid defeat. Get cut to ribbons every time Brazil come forward."
Dempsey is warming up and may well be coming on soon...
And we're off again. No substitutions yet...
Apologies: We are having some technical problems. Brazil have scored again and it's 3-1 to Brazil
Second half starts - no subs yet
Marcelo scores for Brazil
USA bring on Clint Dempsey. What can he do?
Neymar goes down and the crowd don't like it.
The shape has gone out of the game a little here. And it's getting a little feisty. Marcelo is arguing with several American players after kicking the ball at Cherundolo while on the ground. he gets a yellow card.
USA almost pull one back, as the ball floats into the aea by Johnson. Gomez heads back into the area, Dempsey is right in front of goal and looks certain to score but the Brazilian defender gets there first and the ball is cleared. How was that not a goal?
Pato comes on for Brazil and hits the post with almost his first touch
The crowd have gone a little quiet. A US goal would make them feel a lot better. Of course, a Brazil goal would be disaster
I'm battling with tech issues here, while the USA are battling to get some shape and get themselves back. Although that might be tough as the substitutions en mass start. Two USA changes...
Oscar shoots from distance for Brazil. Howard saves
Beautiful ball from Clint Dempsey, over the top, Boyd shoots on target but keeper gets down well to save. Still 3-1 to Brazil
USA are pushing here and almost carve out another chance but it's well cleared
Great double save from Brazilian debutant keeper Rafael
Neymar trickery down the left - lovely stuff - although he gets nowhere in the end
Ronald Meijer emails: "As an ex-pat who has lived in the US since 1979, who had to watch the '82 and '86 World Cups in dingy Mexican bars and who has had to endure years of sneering about the sport, dammit it does my heart good to hear the enthusiastic support for the USA in Maryland tonight! It doesn't matter how it turns out."
More substitutions. I've lost track of them to be honest
USA still pushing and Brazil defending hard. Beckerman came on the pitch at some point. And Neymar is going off for Brazil
When a game has this many substitutions, should the score be taken at the point before they happened?
Save! Donovan floats in a free kick and Bradley gets a great connection with his head, but the keeper makes another good save.
And the USA come close again, hitting the bar with another header
That was Onyewu who hit the bar. And now USA have another corner
Another corner and Dempsey this time, but his header lacks power and Rafael saves much more easily
GOAL! Brazil score again with Pato driving in from the right. 4-1
That's harsh on USA. Nice finish from Pato.
Can USA make this scoreline a little more respectable in the dying moments?
Yet another US corner. Ball comes to Gomez but he can't quite force it home
3 added minutes according to the man with the little board on the sidelines
Brazil have been the better team but this scoreline flatters them a little. It's a good reality check for the USA after the Scotland game.
Peep! Final whistle goes
Result: USA 1-4 Brazil
Thanks for joining us tonight, apologies for some technical issues in the second half. And sorry I couldn't use all your emails and tweets. See you again soon