Argentina vs. Brazil: Recent Friendly Shows Both Teams Are Class of Americas

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJune 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 9: Javier Mascherano #14 of Argentina makes a slide tackle on the ball controlled by Neymar #11 of Brazil during the second half of an international friendly soccer match on June 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Argentina defeated Brazil 4-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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While all eyes are on the continent of Europe for the Euro 2012 tournament, Brazil and Argentina's recent friendly at MetLife Stadium showed just which two teams are the best in the Americas.

Mexico did defeat the Brazilians several weeks ago by a score of 2-0, but A Selecao isn't exactly fielding their World Cup team right now and they still gave their opponents fits.

Brazil is currently starting their Olympic team while Mexico and Argentina put out arguably their best units against them. Argentine and Brazilian fans don't agree on a whole lot, but they probably wouldn't argue if you said those were the two best teams in the Americas.

Argentina showed off their explosive offense on the back of the world's best footballer in Lionel Messi, who treated New York fans to a hat trick against his nation's arch rival.

When you look at the Messi-lead attack of Argentina, not even Brazil can match them. Easily the deadliest lot of attackers in the Western Hemisphere.

A Selecao has Hulk and Neymar, Mexico boasts Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos but no force is deadlier than Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Messi.

The defense is where these two powerhouses struggle, as Hugo Campagnaro and Thiago Silva are the only real notable names for Argentina and Brazil, respectively.

The United States are a team I haven't mentioned yet in this article and there's reason for that. As much as U.S. fans want to see Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and the gang have a legit shot against either of these squads, it's just not possible.

Uruguay is the team that has the most claim to one of the top two spots in this hemisphere, especially with their 2010 FIFA World Cup efforts.

La Celeste boast one of the younger defensive units, a fine goalkeeper in Fernando Muslera and a solid attack. That being said, their longtime main attackers in Diego Forlan and Sebastian Abreau are at the end of their career while Argentina and Brazil's main forwards are still quite young.

Mexico is moving forward, Uruguay is right there but none are on the same level as Argentina and Brazil are on right now.