US Men’s National Soccer Team Has Nothing to Lose Against Argentina
My one wish for tonight's match between the United States and Argentina in the semi-final of the Copa America Centenario is for the Americans to bring it. One must remember that USMNT has already reached its goal set by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in reaching the semi-finals of the competition, anything else past that is gravy.
No this is not a conformist attitude, a conformist attitude would be for the USMNT to do what I hope they DO NOT DO and that is to park the bus for 90 minutes in hopes that they win the match in a penalty shootout.
Or to see 11 U.S. players waiting on their half of the pitch to withstand an all out Argentina attack, and to lay your hopes on a counterattack.
By doing either of these things and the Americans will be signing off on their elimination form the tournament.
Argentina was favorite to win the Copa before the tournament started and up to this point that have lived up to roll...and exceeded it. They have one every match in a thorough manner with relative ease. They are a team that is getting better with every match that passes.
But then again so is the United States. After their opening match to Columbia, the Americans have been improving and mistakes have been corrected and I feel that their confidence is at an all-time have especially after the year that they have had of sub-par performances.
Tonight in Houston, the USMNT has to go all out and play without any fear of the great Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain. After all, what do you have to lose? In the public opinion of world soccer you have already lost and lost big.