The United States produced a poor display both in attack and in defense, losing 4-0 to Argentina in the Copa America semifinal on Tuesday night. Here is what to know and the player ratings for the United States.
1. What did you expect?
Maybe it's just the culture of American sports, expecting to always compete and hopefully win. But going into this one thinking the United States had even a decent shot was a mistake. This isn't the most talented U.S. team we have seen, despite playing well lately, and you knew Argentina was going to get a couple of goals at least. With Argentina's style of play, looking to dominate the ball, the United States was going to have to take the few chances it was expected to have, but it ended up with zero. A 4-0 win seems just about right, despite the United States really not bringing it.
Argentina: 4 goals— CBS Sports Soccer (@CBSSportsSoccer) June 22, 2016
USA: 0 shots on goal
2. USA, at least it wasn't as bad as Mexico
This wasn't nearly as bad as the 7-0 loss Mexico suffered against Chile in the last round, and fans should be proud overall as the United States made in further and looked pretty sharp along the way. But, of course, there is still a long way to go and plenty to learn from in this match. It's as if the United States respected Argentina too much and gave them too much space. You do that against a team like this, and they'll make sure you pay. That's exactly what happened. The talent gap is just wider than the Atlantic, that's the reality.
Props to this US team. Top four finish at Copa America is no small feat. Chance to finish third.— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) June 22, 2016
3. Still a chance to end with a win
Based on how the Americans entered the cup, to finish in the top four is a big accomplishment. The team isn't done, though. The Americans play Saturday in the third-place match against the loser of Wednesday's Colombia-Chile clash. Here comes another big test and a chance to end the tournament with a bang. Third place is no small feat, and with a chance to potentially beat Colombia or Chile, Jurgen Klinsmann is going to have these guys ready. It's been a very good tournament overall for the stars and stripes, and there is one more chance to earn respect.
GK - Brad Guzan (5.0): Should have done better on Lavezzi's strike, but could do nothing on that magic from Messi. His defense let him down.
DEF - DeAndre Yedlin (5.5): Did alright overall against Lavezzi, but didn't get to show his skill moving forward.
DEF - Geoff Cameron (5.5): Had a few clearances and kept up well with Higuain in the first half. In the second, not so much.
DEF - John Brooks (4.5): In the biggest of tests, he failed. He was caught sleeping on one of Higuain's goals and just couldn't keep up with Argentina's pace.
DEF - Fabian Johnson (5.0): Didn't look sharp when being charged at one on one and didn't get involved much moving forward.
MID - Michael Bradley (5.0): Didn't see much of the ball and just hasn't been sharp all tournament long. Is he the guy to lead this midfield?
MID - Kyle Beckerman (4.5): Could do nothing against Ever Banega and company. Outclassed. It's that simple.
MID - Graham Zusi (5.0): A for effort, D for everything else. Never got comfortable as his team rarely had the ball.
MID - Gyasi Zardes (4.5): Was moved back into the midfield and made no impact.
FWD - Clint Dempsey (4.0): Oh, he played? Hadn't noticed as the United States did absolutely nothing in attack. Not really his fault though, Argentina was just too dominant.
FWD - Chris Wondolowski (4.0): Read Dempsey's description. It applies here.
DEF - Steve Birnbaum (4.5): It's not a good sign when you take out a midfielder for a central defender when you are down 3-0.
MID - Christian Pulisic (4.5): Just like the rest of the team, couldn't get on the ball much. Showed quality effort though.
FWD - Darlington Nagbe (5): The Timber man didn't get enough minutes to truly make an impact. Should have come on at the break.
Jurgen Klinsmann (4): He made some questionable substitutions and his team didn't come ready to play. Argentina wiped the floor with them.