Argentina simply too good for USA

Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:58 PM by Shane Barrow

We have been waiting for this one for days.  Ever since the US knocked off Ecuador in the quarters all the talk has been of the battle against the best team in the world featuring the best player on the planet.  Could the Americans put up any type of resistance?

I felt we simply had to make it through the opening twenty minutes without conceding.  Unfortunately, the US were only able to hold out for a whopping three minutes giving up a soft goal.  A short corner made its way to Lionel Messi at the top of the box where he flicked to a wide open Lavezzi that somehow was all alone.  Brad Guzan was clueless and stuck in no-man's land allowing Lavezzi to easily loop a header into the net. Yuck.

Big trouble in Kansas right?

Well actually the US regrouped and held off Argentina the next thirty minutes.  Argentina had almost all the possession, but were not really causing the US defense problems.  The big issue was that when the Americans were able to get on the ball they would turn it over within 2-3 passes.  Simply not good enough on the ball at all against the swarming side from South America.

Then the big moment would come after the half hour mark. Have we not confirmed in about 25 previous USA matches that Wondolowski is simply not good enough for this level of play?  Once again he was awful and his terrible touch directly led to the 2nd goal of the night.  After an awful Wondolowski touch went straight to Argentina, Wondo chased all the way back and ended up fouling Lionel Messi outside the US penalty area.  

We all knew what was coming from there. The best player on the planet worked his magic firing the most perfectly placed free kick over the flailing Brad Guzan into the very top corner of the American net.  2-0 Argentina on as good a free kick as you will ever see.

Jurgen Klinsmann would need to shake things up at the break.  Thankfully he recognized the ineptitude of Wondlowski as Klinsmann brought on the teen sensation Christian Pulisic.

Unfortunately the plan went completely out the window within the opening five minutes of the second half as Higuain got away from John Brooks.  Brad Guzan made the initial save but left the ball sitting for an easy finish by Higuain.  3-0 and game over.  Now my thoughts were to just not get Mexico'd as we saw a couple nights ago.

It was not all posies and chocolate bars for Argentina though. Around the hour mark both Rojo and Fernandez pulled up lame and had to be subbed off.  Then Lavezzi back-flipped over the standard and need to be stretchered away.  Three injuries within ten minutes exhausted their subsitutes.  At least the US would not have to deal with Sergio Aguero this night.

Argentina would get one more after some silliness by Birnbaum who decided to run a circle around the ball rather than actually control it.  Lionel Messi raced off towards goal where he passed to Higuain for an easy finish. 4-0 Lights Out.

In the end what we learned was exactly what we already knew.  Argentina is simply a better soccer team than the USA.  Lionel Messi is simply the best player on the planet.