Considered to be one of the best matches of 2015, the recent Brazil victory over the USA Men’s Senior National Team for a World League bronze medal was a match well within reach for the Americans. An early lead evaporated as the much improved Brazilians staged a late game comeback to force a 10-10 draw at the end of regulation.
Then began one of the great shootouts in senior water polo history, neither team missing after nearly 30 penalty shots. Viewers will already know the outcome but the tension is such that you might just wonder if Team USA can actually pull it out this time.
The young American squad finished a very respectable fourth and administered a huge upset of world-class Hungary on the way. They will next head to Kazan for the 16th FINA World Championships beginning on July 26.
See the entire match as shown on Rai2 in Italy with all the drama of Italian commentary.