Argentina Does a Dennis Green on the USA
After taking advantage of an electric atmosphere in Seattle, perhaps the USA felt they could rally their Copa América semi-final match in Houston around a popular slogan there:
Don't mess with Texas.
As it transpired, the correct catchphrase was:
Don't mess with Messi.
Two CONCACAF squads got to the tourney's bracket play. This drubbing, combined with Mexico's beatdown by Chile, meant the region's two standard bearers got clobbered, 11-0, when the Western Hemisphere's rubber met the road.
As to Argentina, Jürgen Klinsmann should've called in former NFL coach Dennis Green to sum up the proceedings:
Yes. Yes they were.
Make that four, dude.
There's absolutely zero doubt that Argentina and Chile are the rightful contenders for the Copa América title.
It's a rematch. Should be riveting.
That means, in the lovely parting gifts portion of the program -- aka the totally useless third-place match -- the USA and Colombia will be fighting for table scraps.
Will the USA get revenge for this rematch?
Will anyone outside of relatives and gamblers care?
There's still a gulf -- besides that Gulf -- between USA Soccer and what's second only to the Catholic religion in South America.
The Yanks still have a lotta paddling to do.
And they should also stay the course, in spite of themselves.