HOUSTON, TX—Tuesday night’s match against the Argentina National Team told us something about United States soccer, we still have a long way to go before we can compete with the world’s best.
The game was pretty much over from the start after world superstar Lionel Messi lobbed a chip shot over the United States defense that found the head of teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi who directed it past U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzman in the 3rd minute.
The USMNT could never get anything going against the Argentines as they did not register a single shot in the entire game. They were missing three of their top players due to previous foul violations, however, it may not have mattered much as Argentina looked like the far superior team and showed the world why they are considered the best on the planet.
Lionel Messi put his talent on display in the 32nd minute when he put an unstoppable free kick past the wall of defenders and into the far, high corner of the net putting Argentina up 2-0.
Argentina increased their lead to 3-0 at the start of the second half in the 50th minute after Gonzalo Higuain tapped in his own rebound.
The final goal of the assault came in the 86th minute after a United States defender had a poor giveaway to Lionel Messi who found the streaking Higuain for the fourth goal of the contest.
Messi finished with a goal and two assists as Argentina routed the U.S. and will advance to the Copa America final. They will face the winner of the Columbia Chile game.
The United States will have to continue working and molding their young talent if they hope to compete for championships at the world stage.