USA Earns Draw With Inspired Play Against World's Best
Last night, the United States' men's national team took on the FIFA-ranked world number one team of Argentina, earning a 0-0 draw. The match had no shortage of football icons, including the likes of Lionel Messi of Argentina who played an impulsive first half for the Argentina side.
Landon Donovan returned to the squad and earned his 100th cap, becoming the fourth U.S. player to do so.
The Argentina offense created a multitude of opportunities against the young American defense, led by proven veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard. Howard boosted U.S morale with numerous heroic saves throughout the match, mostly one-on-one situations.
The Argentinian offense displayed its speed and fancy footwork with give-and-go's and overlapping runs that had the U.S. defense caught off guard a number of times. Argentina almost scored with a header early on off of a set piece that glanced over the crossbar.
Oguchi Onyewu provided the U.S. with its best opportunity to score when he placed a U.S. corner kick on the crossbar using his size to win the header from about 12 yards out. Clint Dempsey also gave the U.S. a great chance to score when his shot was deflected off of an Argentina defender and missed the goal by only a few inches.
The Argentina opportunities were either thwarted by Tim Howard's brilliance, or were the result of unforced errors.
The raucous crowd could have affected the timing of the Argentina side, with 78,682 being the official attendance for the game, the fourth-largest crowd for a soccer game at Giants Stadium.
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