Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The 10th time a charm?
by Mike Woitalla, March 25th, 2011 3:31AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-ARGENTINA HISTORY] The USA goes into Saturday's friendly having played Argentina nine times – a series that started with the Americans being outscored 23-3 in the first three encounters but includes three of the best U.S. performances in its national team history.

The first time the teams met, Argentina beat the USA 11-2 at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. It was a single-elimination tournament, which meant the Americans had taken a long boat ride to play one game.

In Game 2, Argentina won, 6-1, at the inaugural World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay in the semifinals. (Argentina lost the final, 4-2, to the host.)

Only 1,500 fans showed up at Azteca Stadium in 1975 when the USA played Argentina in a four-team Mexico City exhibition tournament that also included Costa Rica and the host. The U.S. team, coached by Manfred Schellscheidt, hadn’t practiced together before the trip and fell 6-0. Osvaldo Ardiles scored twice for the Argentine squad that included 1978 World Cup hero Mario Kempes.

The nations’ fourth encounter came in 1991, early in Coach Bora Milutinovic’s prep work for the 1994 World Cup, and the Argentines won just 1-0 in California.

At the 1995 Copa America – the second time the USA played in the South American championship – the USA opened with a 2-1 win over Chile and fell to Bolivia (on a Marco Etcheverry goal). Playing in Paysandu, Uruguay, just a few miles from the Argentine border, the USA beat Argentina for the first time.

Frank Klopas, Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda scored in the 3-0 win that led to a fourth-place finish at the Copa America and earned interim coach Steve Sampson the job full-time.

”A black night” and “A historic slap in the face” were headlines in the Argentine press.

The teams meet again four years later almost to the day in a Washington, D.C., friendly. Coach Bruce Arena had been on the job for eight months when on June 13, 1999 the USA beat Argentina for the second straight time – a 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Joe-Max Moore.

In 2003, the Americans -- coached by Bob Bradley and captained by Clint Mathis -- fell, 1-0, in a Florida friendly.

In 2007, Bradley took a team of mainly second-stringers to the Copa America in Venezuela and lost, 4-1, to Argentina. Eddie Johnson gave the Americans a lead in the ninth minute from the penalty spot, but Hernan Crespo replied with a goal two minutes later and another early in the second half that was set up by Lionel Messi (four days before his 20th birthday). Pablo Aimar and Carlos Tevez scored the last two goals.

In their last encounter, June of 2008 before 78,682 at the old Meadowlands, Argentina came into the game the world’s No. 1 ranked team and four days after beating Mexico, 4-1, in San Diego.

Thanks much to Tim Howard’s goalkeeping performance, the USA earned a 0-0 tie for a nice boost of confidence before qualifying play began for the 2010 World Cup.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Freddy Adu -- Good News, Bad News     
The good news is that Freddy Adu scored an impressive free kick goal. The bad news ...
NASL enters Phase 2; Strikers welcome back ex-coach    
The New York Cosmos, as champions of the 10-game spring season, are ensured a spot in ...
Video Pick: Hope Solo -- 'Why I'm a goalkeeper'    
Hope Solo explains how she embraced the goalkeeper position after having enjoyed more the role of ...
Video Pick: Julie Johnston thanks her family    
Defender Julie Johnston, who has marshaled the American defense that has conceded only one goal at ...
What They're Saying: Professor Cheryl Cooky    
"Gender is probably a factor. We have in our culture a protectionist stance toward women." -- ...
Three Americans nominated for top WWC award    
Americans Julie Johnston, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are on the short list for the adidas ...
Gold Cup: Klinsmann gives Dempsey's captaincy to Bradley    
Not unexpectedly, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley his captain for the ...
Gold Cup: Chicharito out with broken collarbone    
Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who has been linked to a move to MLS's Orlando City, ...
What They're Saying: Jill Ellis    
"I have absolute faith and trust in our medical team to do the right thing. I ...
What They're Saying: Sepp Blatter    
"I am a religious person and pray, too. I own a golden cross that has been ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives