Recap of U.S. vs Argentina's International Friendly Match on March 26, 2011
The United States Men's National Soccer Team battled one of the best teams in the world, along with one of the best players in the world, and came out with a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Not a bad result for a March performance that took place in New Jersey in front of a record crowd of nearly 79,000 fans.
The Americans played with their backs against the wall for much of the first half with Argentina and Lionel Messi putting on a classical 'clinical' performance of technical skill and marvel. Lionel Messi was a one-man circus in a good way, dancing and weaving in-between U.S. defenders. Sometimes it was as if there were no defenders even present.
On one occasion, top U.S. defender Bradley attempted to mark Messi, who had possession of the ball, only to watch Messi glide right past him into a dangerous position in the box.
That is the magic of Messi and why so many people rate him the worlds best player. His vision and burst of speed, not to mention his ability to weave with the ball so close to his body, gives him a once in a lifetime playing ability. We are so lucky to watch a player of his skill as they don't come around that often.
The Argentines scored the game's first goal on a nice set of passes orchestrated by whom else, Messi, with Argentine Esteban Cambiasso slamming the ball home for the games first goal.
Juan Agudelo of the United States shoots and scores past Argentina goalkeeper Mariano Andujar. Photo Credit: ISI Photos
The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team tied the game in the second half on a so so