Friday Kicks: U.S. to play Brazil in August, Messi & more

*Will U.S. fans have a chance to see the World Cup winners (um, I don’t mean the U.S.) on American soil?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. will play Brazil in an exhibition on Aug. 10 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in the first match for the American soccer team after the World Cup.

Brazil, a five-time world champion, has won 14 of 15 meetings between the teams. The lone American win was 1-0 in Los Angeles in February 1998 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the match Friday. The game is on a FIFA fixture date, meaning clubs are required to release players to national teams.

*The Columbus Dispatch has a profile on perhaps the Crew’s best scoring threat in Saturday’s game against the Galaxy. Read it here.

*The Washington Post’s Steven Goff provides an update on D.C. United ahead of Saturday’s game against Chivas USA.

Finally, CNN International has an exclusive interview with Lionel Messi:

The interview is part of CNN International’s “South Africa 2010” that airs at 6 p.m. today locally, 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

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