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HARRISON---Hulk scored in the
10th minute after an early stretch
of Brazilian dominance and the
five-time world champion beat
Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday in a
World Cup qualifying tuneup
Despite Costa Rica employing
five defenders, Brazil clearly had
the better of play throughout, with
the Ticos only occasionally man-
aging to get forward on counters.
"It s normal after a long time
off," Brazilian manager Carlos
Dunga said through a translator.
"You can t have a perfect game.
Lot of things we practiced in train-
ing came out well and we can do
them even better. I liked how this
"We created a lot of chances. We
would have liked to score more
goals, but a lot of times in soccer,
one is enough. It s still three points."
Brazil used a somewhat exper-
imental lineup with Hulk as the
lead striker. Manager Dunga stayed
with his starters until the middle
of the second half.
He used six substitutes, sending
in Orlando City forward Kaka in
the 67th and Neymar in the 82nd,
both to large ovations from the
crowd of 19,146 at Red Bull Arena.
Neymar only last week returned
to Barcelona s lineup after a case
of the mumps and reportedly
limped out of training Thursday
after grabbing his knee.
Brazil took the lead when Hulk
and Costa Rican defender Giancarlo
Gonzalez raced to get to a ball from
Danilo out of the back. Gonzalez
overran the ball and slipped as Hulk
lost his footing and fell. Hulk recov-
ered first and put a left-footed shot
past goalkeeper Patrick Pember-
Brazil dominated from the open-
ing kickoff, generating two chances
in the first five minutes that Pem-
berton needed dramatic efforts to
He tipped Hulk s free kick from
30 yards over the bar and less than
a minute later knocked down David
Luiz s shot at the right post that
he scrambled to cover.
Brazil outshot Costa Rica 16-1,
keeping the Ticos without a shot
on goal throughout. Costa Rica s
best chance came in the 55th, but
Bryan Ruiz s goal was ruled offside.
Still, Costa Rica manager Oscar
Ramirez seemed content.
"We still need confidence, but
it s places we can work on for (qual-
ifying)," he said through a translator.
I m very happy. It s a good group.
One of our main objectives is to
have the personality to make such
a good team (like Brazil) suffer and
take them places that were good
"Considering the level of CON-
CACAF, the U.S. and Mexico, we
tried to do what they have done
for years, to look for games at this
level to give us a personality aspect
that we re able to play diverse
games like World Cup qualifying."
Brazil will face the United States
on Tuesday in Foxborough, Mas-
sachusetts, as part of its two-game
friendly American tour, while Costa
Rica will return to San Jose to face
Uruguay, also on Tuesday.
Dunga did not say whether Ney-
mar will get more playing time
against the United States, but
seemed to indicate that he would
still be used sparingly.
"It was good. All the players that
started did well. Rafinha did well.
Kaka did well. Danilo. But we can
get better. It s normal after four
days of training they don t do
everything right. Overall it was a
good performance."We have to
think of qualifying. We have to give
opportunities to the other players
and look for other aspects of the
training. We have to prepare for
the next games of qualifying in the
scored a hat trick in his first start
for Montreal, leading the Impact to
a 4-3 home win against Chicago in
Major League Soccer on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Seattle s stars Obafemi
Martins and Clint Dempsey both
scored to give the Sounders a 2-1
home win against Toronto, moving
into a share of third place in the tightly
contested Western Conference.
The Sounders moved level on
points with Dallas, which is away at
Columbus on Sunday, and a point
ahead of two other teams in the fierce
struggle for playoff positions.
In the day s other games, New
England pulled away to beat Orlando
City and Philadelphia won at San
Drogba s hat trick included the
equalizing and go-ahead goals in
quick succession midway through
the second half.
The former Chelsea and Ivory
Coast striker put Montreal ahead in
the 27th minute on a goal set up by
Nigel Reo-Coker s cross.
A flurry of three goals in eight min-
utes left the teams locked 2-2 at half-
time. Chicago s Jeff Larentowicz con-
verted a penalty in the 36th minute
to level the scores, Wandrille Lefevre
put Montreal ahead by heading in a
corner in the 42nd, and Gilberto
scored against his former club in the
44th to bring the Fire level again.
Kennedy Igboananike scored in the
59th minute to put Chicago in front
for the first time, but it was Drogba
who lifted Montreal to victory in the
Impact s first game under interim
coach Mauro Biello following Frank
Drogba drilled home the equalizer
with a shot from near the edge of
the area. In the 65th, his volley was
saved by the goalkeeper but it was
the former Chelsea striker who react-
ed quickest as he ran in to head the
ball over the line with the keeper still
grounded from the initial save. That
completed a perfect hat trick: right
foot, left foot and header.
Seattle s Martins and Dempsey
played together in an MLS game for
the first time since May 31 and
showed they remain one the more
dynamic duos in the league. The pair
instigated both goals, Dempsey feed-
ing Martins for the first goal in the
opening minutes and Dempsey
pouncing on a loose ball at the end
of Martins long run to put Seattle in
front in the 77th minute.
Eriq Zavaleta scored in the 59th
minute for Toronto, but the Canadian
club s attack struggled to create con-
sistent pressure with Sebastian
Giovinco out with an adductor injury
and Jozy Altidore playing for the U.S.
on international duty.
New England s Diego Fagundez
scored late in the first half and the
Revolution scored twice in the closing
minutes to record a 3-0 home win
against Orlando City.
New England (11-9-7) extended
its undefeated streak to six, with five
victories during that stretch.
The Revolution had a number of
chances throughout the first half, and
Fagundez finally capitalized in the
43rd minute with a two-touch finish
of Lee Nguyen s chip cross.
Juan Agudelo tapped in the end of
a four-pass combination to double
New England s lead in the 84th
minute, and Chris Tierney capped
the scoring with a left-footed blast
in the final minute.
Orlando City is winless in six
matches. Philadelphia s Conor Casey
scored two late headed goals to lift
the Union to a 2-1 win at San Jose.
Casey entered as a substitute in
the 60th minute and scored the
equalizer in the 74th, finishing Ray-
mon Gaddis diagonal cross with a
leaping header. The goal snapped San
Jose s 447-minute streak without
conceding a goal; the longest in MLS
this season.The Union took the lead
in the 86th minute when Casey redi-
rected Tranquillo Barnetta s free kick
with a glancing header.
Chris Wondolowski had converted
from the spot to open the scoring for
the Earthquakes in the 64th minute.
Brazil starts World Cup tune-up in style
Drogba hat trick leads Montreal over Chicago
Didier Drogba (11)
scores against the
Chicago Fire during
second half of a MLS
soccer game in
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Brazil's Lucas Lima (24)
attempts to dribble past
Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte
(6) during the first half
against Costa Rica of an
soccer match in Harrison
N.J., Saturday. Brazil won
1-0. AP PHOTO
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