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Top-ranked Argentina outclasses USA in Copa America semifinal

Posted by Betonline team on 6/23/2016 5:01:52 AM
Top-ranked Argentina outclasses USA in Copa America semifinal

The United States men’s soccer team keeps knocking on the door of greatness, but it is slammed in their face every time.

That was the case during the semifinals of COPA America. The United States was toyed with by Argentina during a humiliating 4-0 loss.

The US remains in the middle of the pack in soccer. It can beat teams that qualify for the World Cup but it is a different story when it meets teams like Italy, Spain and Argentina.

This is all this country can offer out of a population of 330 million?

Argentina scored in the first three minutes of the game on a goal by Ezequiel Lavezzi and when Lionel Messi broke the country’s all-time goal scoring record on a wonderful free kick during the 32nd minute; it was lights out for the Americans. That goal carved their hearts out.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the second half to finish the scoring.

Meanwhile the United States failed to register a shot on goal.

“The game didn’t start the way we wanted,” midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. “With the early goal, that was really rough for us and kind of spurred them on and once they got going it was really hard to stop.”

The United States midfield was already in shambles with suspensions of Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood. Lavezzi and Ever Banega took advantage and provided plenty of room for Messi to manoeuvre.

“After three minutes going down 1-0, that’s quite a knock,” says USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “But I mean you also saw why they are the number one team in the world. It’s just top class what they are playing. You’ve got to give them huge credit and I told the guys there’s nothing to be ashamed of after the game.”

He was right. The treatment of soccer is different in each country. Argentina is passionate about the sport and produces international super stars. The United States is still pushed by the other football, baseball, and basketball. The better athletes gravitate toward other sports.

Klinsmann hinted that the Americans were in awe of their foes.

“We’re just too nice in those moments,” Klinsmann said. “After that early goal, we just let our players feel that they’re in every position on the field just better than we are.”

Some players disagreed with their coach but the gap remains against the top teams.

“It’s all mental and the more often we can play these teams, this caliber of teams, the more we’re going to learn,” Klinsmann said.

“The more I think the players will be more and more confident to take them on. With some teams, it already kind of happens. Today it didn’t because it was just a number too big for us.”

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