On this day, the United States was pummeled in Houston in the Copa America semifinals by the best team in the world.
On this day, Jurgen Klinsmann did not shy away from the obvious facts presented on the field.
Despite pregame talk that the U.S. would “go for it” against the world #1, the German conceded that they were simply outmatched all across the pitch.
He wasn’t the only one who felt truly defeated. Midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who at age 34 had a dismal performance and could be making his final USMNT appearance, was also in awe.
Finally, DeAndre Yedlin thought that maybe the team wasn’t as prepared as they could have been, something which – if indeed true – is a major indictment of the managerial staff as well as the over-confidence of the players. “I don’t think they caught us off guard, I just don’t think we were as prepared for it as we should have been,” Yedlin said after the match. Yikes.
Clearly Argentina was in a class above the United States in Houston, but that doesn’t take away from the very obvious fact that the U.S. – from top to bottom – performed quite poorly against a team they had to be perfect to beat.