The United States men's national team have been forced to the third-place match of the Copa America Centenario with a loss against Argentina at NRG Stadium in Houston Texas. Argentina put in a strong performance and earned a deserved 4-0 win.
Lionel Messi was clearly the Man of the Match, with one goal and two assists.
Here are the highlights via FOX Soccer:
Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the third minute.
Lionel Messi scored a beautiful free kick goal in the 32nd minute.
Gonzalo Higuain scored in the 50th minute.
Higuain scored again in the 86th minute, finishing a squared ball from Messi.
According to Ryan Rosenblatt of Fox Soccer, Argentina was simply the better team:
No matter what the U.S. did, they were probably going to lose. Argentina's worst player is someone the U.S. would covet. But that doesn't mean that the Americans couldn't have done better. They could have done a lot better, from Klinsmann's lineup and tactics, to the attitude they were reflective of, and all the way how to how the team played. It was a lost night for the U.S., and that before you get to the 4-0 scoreline.
Messi's goal broke Argentina's all-time goal-score record:
Lionel Messi has overtaken Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's all-time top goal scorer.
Batistuta struck 54 times in 78 appearances for Argentina (the AFA does not count two goals he scored against the Slovakian youth team in 1995) in an international career that ran between 1991 and 2002 and included winning the 1991 and 1993 Copa America and scoring hat tricks in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
But Messi, 28, has now broken that record and is likely to extend it significantly with Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, on 33 and 26 goals respectively, his closest rivals of current international teammates.
Expect to read a lot more about Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to start Chris Wondolowski. The consternation has already begun:
Unsurprising were the additions of Kyle Beckerman and Graham Zusi stepping into the roles vacated by the suspended Jermaine Jones (red card) and Alejandro Bedoya (yellow card accumulation).
What was surprising was the addition of Chris Wondolowski, the veteran San Jose Earthquakes striker best known at the international level for missing a sitter against Belgium in the last World Cup.
The USMNT will take on the loser of Colombia versus Chile in the third place match on Saturday, June 25th.
United States: Brad Guzan; DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson; Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi, Gyasi Zardes; Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski
Substitutes: Christian Pulisic, Steve Birnbaum, Darlington Nagbe
Argentina: Sergio Romero; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori, Marcos Rojo; Augusto Fernandez, Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi
Substitutes: Lucas Biglia, Erik Lamela, Victor Cuesta