HOUSTON – Argentina was simply too good for a United States to contest with in Tuesday’s 4-0 drubbing in a Copa America semifinals, manager Jurgen Klinsmann pronounced afterward.
“You saw tonight since they are a No. 1 group in a world,” Klinsmann pronounced after a Albiceleste definitely dominated a contest hosts to book a place in Sunday’s final opposite a leader of Wednesday’s compare between Chile and Colombia. “We only simply strike a distant improved group tonight.”
The Americans didn’t assistance themselves by surrender early in a match, descending behind on Ezequiel Lavezzi’s looping header only 3 mins in. The idea came so quick that a U.S. had nonetheless to get out of a possess half, and it put them in a hole they were never expected to mount out of.
That’s how it played out: Lionel Messi scored on a pleasing giveaway flog in a 32nd minute, and Gonzalo Higuain combined dual some-more in a second half to finish a rout.
“Once they have a lead, they’re not giving that lead away,” Klinsmann said. “They know accurately how to classify themselves behind a round quickly. They vigour high right divided when we are in possession of a round — that’s since we flattering most didn’t have any possibility to score.”
In fact, a U.S. didn’t have any chances, period. The home group managed no shots on idea — possibly on aim or off — and had only 32 percent of a possession notwithstanding being forced to follow a diversion for 87 minutes. The U.S. finished only 67 percent of their passes, compared to 92 percent for a visitors.
Klinsmann pronounced that after going down roughly immediately, his group was too thoughtful to a dual time World Cup champions.
“I consider it had to do a bit with a early goal,” he said. “That early goal, we consider a players could only feel that, substantially in each position on a field, they’re only improved than we are.”
Overall, a manager pronounced he was gratified by how his group achieved during a tournament, even if they “hit a wall” in Houston. After losing a opener to Colombia, a Americans reeled off wins opposite Costa Rica, Paraguay and Ecuador.
They still have one some-more compare to play, too: Saturday’s third place diversion in Phoenix opposite a crook of Wednesday’s other semifinal.
The hosts will have Alejandro Bedoya, Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood behind for that game. All 3 were dangling on Tuesday, that also didn’t assistance a U.S.
“We could not recompense [for] a fact that we missed those 3 guys,” Klinsmann said.
The German manager was underneath vigour following a Colombia loss, with U.S. Soccer boss Sunil Gulati publicly criticizing a team’s formula dating to a commencement of 2015. But Klinsmann seemed to indurate his position by attack his pre-tourney aim of a berth in a final four.
After Tuesday’s loss, though, Gulati pronounced a full examination would come after a satisfaction match.
“We demeanour during all of this, and we’ll do that after a tournament’s over and consider where we are and how we’ve done,” Gulati said. “The 3 uninterrupted wins were good. Today and a Colombia diversion were reduction good.”
Gulati also pronounced that Tuesday’s detriment shows how distant a U.S. has to go to truly mount toe-to-toe with a sport’s chosen countries.
“Today is a good day to decider where we are in a module overall. We’re apparently a prolonged approach off,” Gulati said. “We knew that going in.
“It’s a bizarre feeling right now since we got to a semifinals, that is an accomplishment,” he added. “But it’s not an easy loss.”
Doug McIntyre is a staff author for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @DougMacESPN.