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USMNT blown out by Argentina in Copa America semifinal

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It wasn't much of a competition as the US were easily bested by Lionel Messi and Argentina.

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The United States national team managed to make the semi-final of the 2016 Copa America, but they weren't going to make it any farther if Argentina had anything to say about it. The US were thoroughly dominated by Lionel Messi and co. to the tune of 4-0, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring twice and the best player in the world adding a goal and two assists.

Argentina got the blowout off to a fast start when Ezequiel Lavezzi headed an eloquent Messi chip past a frozen Brad Guzan in the third-minute. La Albiceleste were by far the better team before and after that goal, and they were rewarded for their dominant performance when Messi curled a free-kick into the top corner in the 32nd-minute, giving them a 2-0 lead and significantly lowering the US's hopes for an upset.

Higuain's first goal came in the 50th-minute as he slotted home his own rebound to put the Americans in a hole they weren't going to get out of. Throughout the game, the US were incredibly shaky and error-prone in the back, and it often resulted in Argentina getting crucial opportunities on goal. They were beaten to balls, they were constantly pushed around, and they never really found a good rhythm.

It was sealed when Higuain picked up his brace on another assist from Messi. This was a disappointing result for the US, and while some of it is the fault of Jurgen Klinsmann for his questionable lineup and some blame falls on the players for their poor showing, credit should go to Argentina for their flawless performance.

The US will face the loser of the Colombia-Chile match in the third place game on Saturday.

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