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USA vs. Argentina 1-1 highlights and post game VIDEO. Now focus on Paraguay, Tuesday March 29, 2011 in Nashville

USA vs. Argentina 1-1 highlights and post game VIDEO. Now focus on Paraguay, Tuesday March 29, 2011 in Nashville

Juan Agudelo once again scored important goal, this time equalizer vs Argentina. PHOTO Howard C Smith / ISIPhotos.com

Juan Agudelo once again scored important goal, this time equalizer vs Argentina. PHOTO Howard C Smith / ISIPhotos.com

Forward Juan Agudelo Nets Second Career Goal in 59th Minute U.S. Debuts New Nike Red Uniform in Front of 78,936 Fans

U.S. Next Travels to Face Paraguay on March 29 at LP Field in Nashville

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (March 26, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Argentina in front of a record crowd of 78,936 fans at New Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday. Forward Juan Agudelo’s second-half strike from close range and goalkeeper Tim Howard’s Budweiser Man of the Match performance secured the result for the United States, whose record against Argentina now stands at 2-6-2.

The U.S. now heads to Nashville to face 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists Paraguay on March 29 at LP Field. (TICKETS). Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura will broadcast the match live at 7 p.m. CT.

“Whenever we get the opportunity to play against these great teams there are a lot of challenges, and there are things that now we can set our sights on,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “Argentina was very good with the ball in the first half and found a great rhythm that made it difficult on us, and the goal before halftime changed the thinking. I was very pleased with response from the team in the second half. To come away with a good result against a very good team there are some things to talk about, some things that need to be improved but also some positives.”

The U.S. team debuted the brand new red Nike uniform with the motto “Indivisible” displayed on the sleeve. The motto was chosen from more than 6,000 entries submitted by fans by tweeting #RedAllOver during a five-day span leading up to the match.

Seven players in the U.S. lineup were part of the team that drew with Argentina on June 4, 2008, at the former Giants Stadium in East Rutherford including New Jersey native Howard who made five saves in another world-class performance against La Albiceleste.

The U.S. earned the first opportunity of the match in the fourth minute when Clint Dempsey was able to pick of an errant pass on the left wing. He held off defender Nicolas Burdisso before firing a left-footed shot that forced Argentina goalkeeper Mariano Andujar into an early save.

FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was Argentina’s main threat and the Barcelona forward was devastatingly effective for moments in the first half. In the 12th minute he elicited a save from Tim Howard – one of four in the first half – and later worked a silky give-and-go with Ezequiel Lavezzi before sending the ball just wide of the left post.

Dempsey was providing most of the danger for the USA and in the 37th minute he brought another save out of Andujar. Midfielder Jermaine Jones, who made his third start for the national team, started the move with Landon Donovan, who then found Dempsey streaking into the area. The Texas native cut back on his left foot but could not curl his left-footed effort past the Argentina goalkeeper.

Howard was at his best again in the 39th minute, stopping Messi after a 50-yard dribbling run that stretched from the center circle into the penalty area. The Argentina number 10 could only be held at bay for so long and eventually created his team’s goal just before the interval.

Messi evaded U.S. defenders in the 42nd minute while dribbling into the penalty area before threading the ball back to Angel Di Maria. Howard made the initial kick save from five yards out, but the U.S. goalkeeper was left helpless as Esteban Cambiasso roofed the rebound from seven yards out to send Argentina into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Bradley made two subs to start the second half, bringing on Agudelo for Jones and Timmy Chandler for Jonathan Spector. The appearance was the first cap for Chandler, who became the 59th player to earn his first cap under Bradley.

Howard was also the Budweiser Man of the Match the last time these two teams met in 2008 and he had to be alert for the USA early in the second half. In the 47th minute Di Maria cut the ball back to an onrushing Messi, but Howard sprung off his line to smother the shot and make a vital save. In the 58th minute Howard stood strong again, stopping Lavezzi’s effort from a tight angle.

At the other end the USA was starting to come to life, and debutant Chandler helped set up the first U.S. chance of the second half. The marauding right back sent a weighted ball just inside the penalty area for Altidore, who headed the ball back to midfielder Maurice Edu at the top of the area. Edu skewed his effort wide, but the move was a sign of things to come at the offensive end for the USA.

With the foul count increasing in the second half, the USA’s proficiency from set pieces was always going to be important and indeed they found the equalizer from a dead ball situation. Donovan curled a free kick in from the right where Carlos Bocanegra rose highest to head the ball on frame. Andujar made the initial save, but Agudelo was there to clean up the rebound for his second goal in just his third cap. The young forward has two goals in 106 total minutes for the United States.

Both teams pushed forward to grab the winner, much to the delight of the crowd. After a nice attacking move Dempsey had a shot taken off his left foot as he tried to cut toward goal, and on the defensive end Jay DeMerit atoned for a bad giveaway by providing a goal-saving tackle on Di Maria.

Goalscorer Agudelo went close with a header in the 73rd minute, with Chandler teeing up another inviting cross for the teenager while Bocanegra just misconnected with a dangerous Donovan corner to the near post after 83 minutes.

Fittingly, Messi had the last good chance of the game. In the 87th minute he controlled a ball in his stride while barreling into the USA’s area. Oguchi Onyewu and Bradley did well to force the Argentina winger wide, and in the end he could only lift his left-footed shot over the goal.

The final whistle called time on a second-consecutive tie for the USA and Argentina in East Rutherford, N.J. This match was equally bruising as the encounter in 2008 with 21 fouls, and just as thrilling, with 20 total shots. The enthusiastic crowd of 78,396 is the largest crowd ever to watch a soccer game at New Meadowlands Stadium.

The USA will depart for Nashville on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s match with Paraguay.

The United States will seek its fifth confederation championship title when they join Group C of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe. The U.S. will first take on Canada on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit. The team then travels south to face Panama on June 11 at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., before rounding out group play against Guadeloupe on June 14 at the brand new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. CT.

— U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report –

Match: USA vs. Argentina 1-1
Date: March 26, 2011
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: New Meadowlands Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 78,936
Weather: Clear and windy, 35 degrees

Scoring:
0-1   ARG – Esteban Cambiasso                            42nd minute
1-1   USA – Juan Agudelo (Carlos Bocanegra)      59

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector (21-Timmy Chandler, 46), 15-Jay DeMerit, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (9-Juan Agudelo, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 7-Maurice Edu, 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Landon Donovan; 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 6-Tim Ream, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 14- Edson Buddle, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

ARGENTINA: 1-Mariano Andujar; 8-Javier Zanetti, 4-Nicolas Burdisso, 6-Gabriel Milito; 24-Marco Rojo, 20-Ever Banega, 14-Javier Mascherano (Capt.), 5-Esteban Cambiasso (16-Lucas Biglia, 73); 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi, 10-Lionel Messi, 7-Angel Di Maria
Subs not used: 3-Nicolas Otamendi, 9-Jose Josa, 11-Javier Pastore, 12-Adrian Gabbarini, 15-Marcos Angeleri, 17-Fernando Belluschi, 18-Nicolas Gaitan, 19-Mario Bolatti, 21-Augustin Marchesin, 23-Eduardo Salvio
Head Coach: Sergio Batista

Stats Summary: USA/ARG
Shots 7/13
Shots on goal 4/6
Saves 5/3
Corner Kicks 2/6
Fouls 12/9
Offside 0/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Maurice Edu (caution)            35th minute
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)      48
USA – Landon Donovan (caution)    79
USA – Carlos Bocanegra (caution)    90+1

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
First Asst: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Second Asst.: Victor Calderon (MEX)
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Tim Howard

CHICAGO (March 25, 2011) – “Indivisible” has been chosen as the motto for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s new Nike red jersey. The motto will be featured on the sleeve of each player’s jersey when the kit debuts against Argentina on Saturday, March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  

The new national team uniform was inspired by supporters who voiced a desire for a red jersey to complete the red, white and blue kit trio to mirror the U.S flag. Hearing their rally calls, Nike took it one step further by partnering with U.S. Soccer and inviting fans to write a new motto for the team in a twitter-based campaign entitled “#RedAllOver.”

The winning motto “Indivisible” was chosen from more than 6,000 after fans submitted ideas by tweeting #RedAllOver, and will be heat pressed on the sleeve of the new jersey for the friendly against Argentina. As part of the “#RedAllOver” campaign, fans are encouraged to wear red in support of the Men’s National Team during the game at New Meadowlands Stadium.

 

The jersey is on sale now at ussoccerstore.com, nikestore.com and at Niketown New York. The red kit can also be purchased at New Meadowlands Stadium during the game.

 

 

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The environmentally-friendly jerseys are made entirely from recycled polyester, with each jersey being produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles. The evolved construction and materials significantly reduce the weight of the garment and ventilation, improving feel and performance.

 

Kickoff for the team’s international friendly against Argentina is set for 7 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2, Univision and ESPN3.com.

UPDATE March 25, 2011. More than 67,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men’s next match on Saturday, March 26 against Argentina at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. The U.S. Men’s National Team will debut a new Nike red jersey when they face Argentina on Saturday.

UPDATE March 24, 2011. ARGENTINA AWAITS:  The USA’s first match on an international fixture date presents a tantalizing opportunity as they face two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina at New Meadowlands Stadium. With the U.S. gearing up for the Gold Cup and Argentina getting set for Copa America, both teams will be looking to impress. Argentina boasts an array of attacking talent led by FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, who returns to the site of the memorable match from 2008 in New Jersey. Kickoff in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. 
 
ALL DRESSED IN RED: The U.S. Men’s National Team will debut a new Nike red jersey when they face Argentina on Saturday. Designed by Nike, the creation of the red national team kit was driven by consumer demand and completes a trio of jerseys, each representing one of the three colors of the U.S. flag – red, white and blue. In a unique campaign called “#RedAllOver” U.S. Soccer and Nike provided fans with the opportunity to write a new motto that will be featured on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s new red uniform. Fans had five days to submit their motto on Twitter and the most inspirational motto will be embroidered on the sleeve of the players’ uniforms they will wear against Argentina.
QUICK HITS
  • There are currently 22 players on the U.S. training camp roster in Cary. The coaching staff will determine the travel squad prior to Thursday’s departure for New Jersey. The team will dress 18 players on match day.
  • Jozy Altidore was the last player to arrive in camp, joining the group Tuesday evening.
  • Steve Cherundolo (groin), Stuart Holden (knee) and Zak Whitbread (back) were forced to withdraw from the original roster. Eric Lichaj serves as the only replacement.
  • The U.S. has played Argentina nine times in their history, holding a lifetime record of 2-6-1 against the South American juggernaut. Of those nine matches, only four have been played in the United States, with the other five taking place in neutral sites. The two U.S. victories include a 3-0 upset of the defending champions in the group phase of the 1995 Copa America, and a 1-0 win in 1999 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., when a Joe-Max Moore goal was the difference.
  • The last meeting was a thrilling 0-0 draw on June 8, 2008, in the USA’s last match at Giants Stadium in front of a record crowd of 78,682 fans. That game concluded an incredible stretch of 11 matches for the U.S. that saw road matches against England and Spain, and was the USA’s final match before the start of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • A total of eight U.S. players were on the field that day, including six starters (in bold): Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan (capt.), Maurice Edu, Tim Howard (ussoccer.com man of the match), Sacha Kljestan, and Oguchi Onyewu. More on that impressive evening later.
  • Also on the field that day was current two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi.
  • Fourteen players on the U.S. roster were part of the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Jay DeMerit is returning to the fold for the first time since last summer’s run to the Round of 16 in South Africa. Joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC late last year, he made his debut in the 4-2 victory against Toronto last weekend.
  • Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 128 international appearances. With his next appearance he will assume sole possession of third place on the USA’s all-time cap list, passing Marcelo Balboa. Coincidentally, he earned his 100th cap against Argentina in the teams’ previous meeting.
  • A total of 12 players on the roster have scored at least one goal for the United States. Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals; Dempsey will hit No. 20 with his next strike. Third most? U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, who has a dozen.
  • Eighteen of the 22 players are plying their trade outside the U.S, representing clubs in 11 different countries.
  • Five players are currently on loan spells: Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Bradley (Aston Villa), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn), Lichaj (Leeds United), Onyewu (FC Twente).
  • The New York Red Bulls are the only team to send two players to Cary in Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Both youngsters earned their full team debut in the 1-0 against South Africa in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17, 2010 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge. With that appearance, Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play for the full team. Mixx Diskerud also made his first appearance that day, setting up Agudelo for the game-winner.
  • Edson Buddle, who moved in January to FC Ingolstadt in the German Second Bundesliga, scored his first goal for his new club on Jan. 21 against MSV Duisburg. In goal that day – new U.S. international David Yelldell. The next day, Jonathan Spector nabbed his first EPL tally when he netted against Tim Howard in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Everton. Howard was also on the other end of Landon Donovan’s first Major League Soccer goal, when the young San Jose Earthquakes forward scored against the young MetroStars goalkeeper in a 2-0 victory on May 20, 2001.
  • The U.S. is playing its second international of 2011, and the first on an international fixture date. After opening the year with a 1-1 draw against Chile, the match scheduled for Feb. 9 against Egypt in Cairo was canceled due to the developing situation in the capital at that time.
  • This is the USA’s second match at New Meadowlands Stadium, having fallen 2-0 to five-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil on Aug. 10, 2010, in the first match following the World Cup.
  • Overall, the USA holds a 4-2-5 record in the state of New Jersey.
  • Howard and Agudelo both hail from New Jersey. The U.S. goalkeeper is from North Brunswick and began his professional career with the MetroStars (now the Red Bulls), winning the 2001 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. Altidore also spent a portion of his youth in the state, and was drafted in 2006 by the same club.

TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BREAKDOWN

Average Age: 23.4

Play professionally in: England (7), Germany (3), United States

(3), Belgium (1), Canada (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Mexico

(1), Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Scotland (1), Turkey (1)                                       

Average Caps: 30.5                            

Most Caps: 128 (Landon Donovan)  

UPDATE March 20, 2011

CARY, N.C. (March 20, 2011) – Injuries have forced Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden and Zak Whitbread

to withdraw from the U.S. Men’s National Team training camp that begins today in Cary, N.C. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has added defender Eric Lichaj to the roster, bringing the number of players to 22 total that will prepare for the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies.

Both Cherundolo (groin) and Whitbread (back) have been nursing injuries and will use the international break to recuperate. Holden received a gash near his left knee that required 26 stitches after a horrific challenge by Jonny Evans in Bolton’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United yesterday. An X-ray revealed no broken bones, and Holden will be evaluated further today.

The U.S. is training in Cary, N.C., for four days before traveling to East Rutherford, N.J., on Thursday, March 24 to prepare for their match against two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on Saturday, March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Kickoff against the No. 4-ranked Argentines is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision.

 U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United),  Eric Lichaj (Leeds),

MIDFIELDERS (9): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)

When the U.S. plays Argentina, the team will be wearing a new national team kit inspired by the supporters who have grown in numbers throughout the last three decades. U.S. Soccer and Nike launched a campaign providing fans with the opportunity to write a new motto for the U.S. Men’s National Team that will be featured on the team’s new uniform.

Fans can submit their motto on Twitter from now until March 23 using #redallover. The most inspirational motto will debut on the team’s jersey against Argentina.

UPDATE March 16, 2011 – The U.S. will first face two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Kickoff against the No. 4-ranked Argentines is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. will face 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville, with Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura broadcasting that game live at 7 p.m. CT.
 
The group will begin gathering March 20 in North Carolina for training, and a travel roster will be chosen to head to New Jersey on March 24, where more than 52,000 tickets have been sold for the high profile friendly against Argentina. Following that match, a roster will be announced for the game in Nashville.

 

UPDATE March 11, 2011 –  Argentina  announced squad for their friendly match against United States at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey on March 26.

Coach Sergio Batista has said there is no other reason for the Manchester City striker’s Tevez omission – only that he wants to see how different players fare, but he also did not call on Tevez for the international against Portugal last month.

Goalkeepers: Mariano Andujar (Catania), Adrian Gabbarini (Independiente, Argentina), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar)

Defenders:  Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Gabriel Milito (FC Barcelona), Nicolas Otamendi (FC Porto), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan),

Midfielders:  Ever Banega (Valencia), Fernando Belluschi (FC Porto), Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht), Mario Bolatti (Internacional, Brazil), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Javier Mascherano (FC Barcelona), Javier Pastore (Palermo).

Forwards:   Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (SC Napoli), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica), Jose Sosa (SC Napoli), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2011) – U.S. Soccer has announced a pair of Men’s National Team friendlies for March. The U.S. will take on two-time FIFA World Cup Champion Argentina on March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J.  Kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. hosts Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville.  The match will be televised live on ESPN Networks and TeleFutura beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets for both games go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets for the Argentina game are also available at Ticketmaster outlets throughout the New York/New Jersey area, at the New Meadowland Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and at the IZOD Center ticket office (open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the Paraguay game, Ticketmaster outlets throughout Central Tennessee (including Kroger stores) and the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will carry tickets.

Massive invasion of USA and Argentina fans is expected  at the New Meadowlands Stadium. PHOTO by Back Page Images / ISIPhotos.com

Massive invasion of USA and Argentina fans is expected at the New Meadowlands Stadium. PHOTO by Back Page Images / ISIPhotos.com

Groups can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets, a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits, are available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The matches fall on international fixture dates which allows the teams the ability to select a full complement of players. The meeting against fifth-ranked Argentina marks the ninth match in the last four years for the United States against a team ranked in the top five in the world. Cardenas Marketing Network, Inc., represented the Argentina national team during the arrangement of its match.

“Argentina continues to be one of the most talented teams in the world, and we are excited to have the opportunity to compete against them,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “When you talk about the best players around the globe, the Argentines certainly contribute a lot of names to that list.  Paraguay showed during the World Cup that they are a creative and organized team capable of being very dangerous in the attack. Both of these matches give us a chance to continue to raise the bar for our team, and it will also be a great part of our preparation for the Gold Cup.”

The U.S. has a lifetime record of 2-6-1 against Argentina. The teams most recently met in 2008 at Giants Stadium, where Tim Howard held Lionel Messi and friends at bay as the teams fought to a thrilling 0-0 draw in front of 78,682 rain-soaked fans (Watch Highlights | Watch Behind-The-Scenes). The two U.S. victories include a 3-0 upset of the defending champions in the group phase of the 1995 Copa America, and a 1-0 win in 1999 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., when a Joe-Max Moore goal was the difference.

The U.S. is making their second appearance at the New Meadowlands Stadium, having played five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil on Aug. 10, 2010, in the first match following last summer’s World Cup.  Overall, the USA holds a 4-2-5 record in the State of New Jersey.

Argentina boasts some of the finest attacking talent in the world, led by 2010 FIFA World Player of the Year Messi, who was recently awarded the coveted Balon d’Or for the second year in a row. Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez is among a host of players leading top clubs across Europe, a list that also includes Argentina captain and FC Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano. Having played in the last 10 consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, Argentina has reached the final four times.

The U.S. holds a 2-1-2 lifetime record against Paraguay, posting three shutouts. In addition to a 3-0 victory in the 1930 World Cup (July 17 in Montevideo, Uruguay), the USA collected a 2-0 win on July 6, 2003 in Columbus, Ohio.  The teams last met at the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela, where a young U.S. team fell 3-1 to the Paraguayans in Barinas after entering halftime with an even scoreline.

Paraguay is coming off its fourth-consecutive appearance in a FIFA World Cup, falling to eventual champion Spain in the quarterfinals after finishing in first place of Group F. They arrived in South Africa after completing their best ever performance in World Cup qualifying, finishing in third place in CONMEBOL with 33 points and 10 victories while suffering only three defeats on the road.

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The U.S. will be making their third appearance in Nashville. LP Field hosted a final round World Cup qualifier on April 1, 2009, when Jozy Altidore became the youngest player in U.S. history to record a hat trick, pacing the U.S. to a 3-0 victory against Trinidad &Tobago. 

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