PRETORIA, South Africa - If this was a dress rehearsal for next year's World Cup, the United States showed it's far from ready.

The U.S. team was hammered for the second time in a 4-day span at the Confederations Cup, with Brazil outplaying the Americans, 3-0, yesterday.

Felipe Melo scored off Maicon's free kick in the seventh minute and Robinho made it 2-0 in the 20th, completing a counterattack that began when DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan failed to combine on a short corner kick. Maicon added the third goal in the 62nd.

"They're always going to be the better team, right?" U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "It's just for us about going out and trying to give a good showing of ourselves because the best team doesn't always win. Today it did. We were overpowered, and sometimes you just come up against Goliath and David doesn't win."

Brazil (2-0) outshot the Americans (0-2), 23-9, including 11-2 for shots on goal.

Combined with an opening 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday and Egypt's 1-0 upset of the Azzurri yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa, the defeat left the United States with an outside chance, at best, to reach the semifinals. The Americans could advance by beating Egypt by at least three goals, and either Italy scoring three fewer goals than the United States in a loss to Brazil or the victory margins of the United States and Brazil totaling seven or more. *