Argentina 4, United States 0: Argentina Shows Its Class With Decisive Win Over U.S. in Copa América Semifinal


Lionel Messi scoring on a free kick to give Argentina a 2-0 first-half lead over the United States in a Copa América semifinal.

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HOUSTON — Before the first ball of the Copa América Centenario was kicked earlier this month, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann set a straightforward target for the United States men’s soccer team: reach a semifinal. It was an ambitious but realistic pursuit, even for a country whose history in the Copa had been sporadic at best.

The United States achieved Klinsmann’s objective by beating Ecuador in a quarterfinal last week, but awaiting them in the semifinal stage was an opponent with a far more accomplished roster of players…

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