Copa America: Players that could’ve aided The USMNT Against Argentina

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 21: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina dribbles the ball against Michael Bradley #4 of United States in the first half during a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Copa America: Players that could’ve aided The USMNT Against Argentina

No secret that the USMNT were thrashed against a vastly superior Argentina side in the Copa America Semi final. Not only was the formation poorly chosen, but the starting lineup as well. Now, I’m not saying that the U.S.A should’ve won but they could’ve at least taken something from the game. Here are some players in the talent pool that could’ve contributed.

Matt Miazga


The Chelsea defender could’ve used his size, ability in the air to test Lionel Messi (who became La Albiceleste’s All-time leading scorer with 55 goals) and Co. on Tuesday night. Too often, Argentina tore apart or just ran past the U.S. defense. The U.S.A did work the offside trap to a moderate amount of success but they still conceded four goals.

Benny Feilhaber


A stalwart under Bob Bradley, the Brazilian born midfielder could’ve contributed to the side’s lack of offense. The creative spark behind Sporting Kansas City could’ve opened up the channels with his movement and passing. It’s a been an odyssey to say the least between Feilhaber and Klinsmann. Klinsmann has for no clear reason, invited Feilhaber to camps but hasn’t really given Feilhaber the chance to prove himself.

Lee Nguyen


The attacking midfielder is an all out offensive threat that has the ability to pull the strings of any game he’s a part of. Plays with a chip on his shoulder, the midfielder has also been given an unfair shake at cracking the USMNT. The former league MLS MVP needs to be given more time to acclimate to the national team

Wil Trapp


The center mid/defensive mid could’ve easily been a steady hand for the USMNT that was so desperately needed. Michael Bradley was shaky at best and the reason for Argentina’s fourth goal.

Tony Tchani


Another Columbus Crew forward that was crucial to the Crew’s Eastern Conference championship run last season. Tchani is primarily a defensive midfielder but he does prove to be dangerous going forward more often than not. The type of versatility the USMNT lacked could’ve been present with Tchani.

CJ Sapong


The Philadelphia Union forward has been on fire since signing for the club from Sporting KC. Sapong’s pace alone would’ve given Argentina plenty to worry about. Dempsey had a measly 20 touches on the ball his whole game, which is not acceptable from the perceived star and premier offensive threat of the team.

Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic and Tim Howard


I can’t really say anything more than the majority of USA fans have about these three. Arguably our three best players, these three could’ve made a notable difference in the results should they’ve been given an opportunity to showcase their talent. It’s a shame Klinsmann chose conservative park the bus tactics over attacking the game aggressively and trying to get something from it.

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Sports Psychology student writing my perspective on different topics revolving around the beautiful game. I also work as a soccer coach for kids as young as 12 months to as old as 14 years of age in both competitive and non-competitive environments. In my spare time, I love playing FIFA, reading and of course, playing soccer.

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