That was rough. Not a whole lot of players performed well, and the game plan wasn't thought through properly. The defense was repeatedly torn to shambles and the offense was nowhere to be seen. It was a historically poor performance from the USMNT, I know it was Argentina and that they were on tremendous form on the night, but it was still disappointing to see the USMNT knocked out in such humiliating fashion. But enough with the negativity, at least for now. Let's take a deep breath and look (really hard) for the positives. Here's who saw their stock go up.
Dempsey was anonymous throughout the whole match. He barely completed any passes and his most notable action was an elbow to a defending Argentine player.
Beckerman came into steady the defensive line in the wake of Jermaine Jones' suspension. And he didn't really do that. On the flip side, he may very well have had the best hair on the pitch.
Jurgen Klinsmann got the game plan all wrong. He had a tough job replacing the suspended players, but failed to make the right choices. The players pressed ineffectively and the offense was nonexistent.
The Nike Kit Designer
On the night, the United States wore light-blue and white while Argentina wore a dark blue. From the television's view, it looked like the kits were flip-flopped, which may have had something to do with why so many USMNT players insisted on passing to Argentina.