It was always going to take a perfect performance by the U.S. national team and a shaky one by Argentina for the Americans to pull off the Copa America semifinal upset on Tuesday night.
What we saw instead as Argentina at its captivating best and the U.S. at its over-matched worst, resulting in a dominating rout that was even more lopsided than the 4-0 final score suggested.
The Americans simply weren’t ready, and as much as Jurgen Klinsmann can carry some blame with his lineup choices, the reality is many first-choice players simply didn’t come to play.
Chris Wondolowski’s inclusion in the starting lineup was a shocker, given the fact he had played just 18 minutes all tournament and the fact he hasn’t seen much time with the national team in recent years. That didn’t stop Klinsmann for giving the 2014 World Cup scapegoat a shot at redemption.