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US Finshes Fouth In Copa America – Good Result?

USA-Fans-NewHeading into the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the consensus amongst US soccer fans was that Jurgen Klinsmann’s side needed to reach the semi-finals for the tournament to be considered a success.

And the USA achieved that goal. After finishing second in their group, the Americans beat Ecuador 2-1 in quarterfinals before losing to Argentina 4-0 in the semifinals. That defeat was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the third place match.

Unlike against Argentina, the USA created chances against Colombia and Klinsmann afterwards bemoaned his team’s inability to finish off any of the several chances.

“Ultimately they were clinical,” Klinsmann told reporters.

“They took their one chance in the first half – we couldn’t take ours. There were enough chances for us to put one in but we just weren’t clinical enough and the players know that.”

However Klinsmann was satisfied with what he described as a successful campaign.

“The players realised tonight that if they raise the level of commitment and aggressiveness they can compete with these kinds of teams,” Klinsmann said.

“Getting in the final four of such a huge competition is a wonderful achievement and they should be very proud of themselves.”

Not sure it is a “wonderful achievement” when you simply met expectations. What Copa America did show was the gulf between the US and soccer’s elite.

The relatively weak CONCACAF region provides the US with a false sense of success, They are one of only seven nations to have qualified for the last seven World Cup. But nobody would consider the Americans to be a world power.

Wins at Italy, Germany and the Netherlands look good on the CV, but those are friendlies. In matches that matter, against the better teams in the world, the U.S. often remains outmatched.

“Today is a good day to judge where we are in program overall,” U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said outside the locker room after the Argentina defeat.

“We’re obviously a long way off. We knew that going in. But we knew we were a long way off when we beat Spain in 2009 or Germany or Holland last year.”

Gulati and US Soccer must share in the blame here. Gulati has overseen a program where the U.S. under-23 team has failed to qualify for consecutive Olympics. The U-20 team has been a World Cup quarterfinalist just twice since 1993 and the U-17s haven’t reached the quarterfinals since 2005. That is simply not good enough.

“There will be always a step backwards, and then we will go two more forward. That is a part of our process,” Klinsmann said.

“So I told the guys, heads up and just swallow it.”

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{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Kevon Robinson June 23, 2016, 8:34 am

    Argentina with Messi is one of the leading teams in Copa America… Enjoying this tournament very well this season!!!

  • Raymond L. February 18, 2015, 5:07 am

    It’s definitely worth paying to see how the Stars and Stripes do against a powerhouse team like Mexico’s. Nevertheless, I’m hoping that both sides won’t treat this like any other friendly.

  • Raymond L. February 10, 2015, 2:22 am

    While the Stars and Stripes are notorious for letting their guards down in the second half after going all out in the first, this match against Panama didn’t follow that same trend. And because the squad maintained their focus throughout the 90 minutes, they came away with the win—certainly a breathe of fresh air after that disappointing loss to Chile a week ago.

    • David February 10, 2015, 8:31 am

      Totally agree although I put part of the Chile defeat down to the fact that the players had not played since November and are not fully fit yet.

  • Rishab February 10, 2015, 1:20 am

    Congrats USA !!

  • Jose L Rodriguez August 10, 2011, 9:50 am

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    Section 128, row # 2 seat # 1 and # 2. Asking $ 70.00 each. I can send them by email

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  • K. Everett June 3, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I have two tickets to the USA v. Spain game for Saturday June 4th. The tickets are for the Club section, section 34, row19, seats 19 and20. The tickets values are 495.00 each and a five dollar handling fee. This is face value for the tickets. Club seating gives you great seats, waitstaff, extra wide leather seating, all indoors, on a hot day nothing like a cold beer in controlled air! Tickets available until game time! Game time is four thirty.

  • Jake garrison April 19, 2011, 9:51 pm

    It would be awesome to see US take on Spain in Massachusetts

  • Milly Concha April 5, 2011, 10:01 am

    Please let me know when tickets go for sale.Thank you very much!

    • David Wilson April 6, 2011, 9:17 am

      Expect them to go on sale sometime in April, but waiting to get the official date from US Soccer

  • Richard Marnoch December 6, 2009, 11:42 am

    Can anyone tell me the schedule and venues for the Mexico national teams warm up games in the US in 2010.

    • David Wilson December 6, 2009, 8:09 pm

      Mexico’ s schedule has not yet been released. When it is released we will let you know

  • mario February 13, 2009, 8:35 pm

    Hi congrats to the US team they play great against Mexico i hope the US keeps on the supremacy against Mexico for years to came, but I’m from Honduras and i hope that we do a lot more than Mexico to take a least one point home, but if not i would just like to see national team for the first time here in Chicago.

  • Dave February 12, 2009, 8:42 am

    When will the venue for USA vs Honduras be decided and announced and when will tickets go on sale? What a win vs Mexico! It was great to see so many foreign based players! Our defense looked a bit suspect however. Hopefully that will improve with time, otherwise things will be same-ole-same-ole come cup time!

    • David Wilson February 12, 2009, 9:43 am

      Hi Dave. The U.S. will play Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. I would expect tickets to go on sale in early May.

      • Debby March 13, 2013, 9:23 am

        Just announced – The US will play Honduras June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah

  • andy January 22, 2009, 1:45 pm

    can someone please tell me when are they going to post the venue for the games between usa and trinidad april 1st,and when the tickets go on sale.

    • David Wilson January 22, 2009, 3:53 pm

      Andy, I would expect that announcement sometime late next month

  • don January 16, 2009, 1:01 pm

    crewsoccerfan2@yahoo.com

    i have tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Wilson January 16, 2009, 2:13 pm

      Congrats on getting the tickets Don. Hopefully it will be a good game

  • lonnie January 10, 2009, 5:19 pm

    I also need to know when the US vs MEXICO tickets will be on sale. I need 15 tickets. Please can someone let me know as soon as they find out. I have gone under every aval. site.

    • David Wilson January 11, 2009, 4:47 am

      Unless you are a Crew ticket holder or belong to something like Sam’s army Lonnie, it looks like a ticket reseller like StubHub is your only choice for tickets to the game

  • Alejandra Gutierrez January 1, 2009, 2:07 am

    HI, CAN U LET ME KNOW ABOUT THE FEE AND WHEN IT STARTS THE SALE OF THE TICKETS FOR THE GAME US NATIONAL TEAM VERSUS MEXICO, THE GAME IS AT COLUMBUS ON FEBRUARY 11TH. THANKX A LOT I HOPE U CAN ANSWER SOON, TAKE CARE AND THANKX 4 YOUR TIME.

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