The under-strength Americans were facing a Herculean task against the free-scoring Albiceleste and a fully-recovered Lionel Messi from the outset and they fell behind as early as the third minute when the world's best player was left in acres of space at a corner to dink the ball over for Ezequiel Levezzi to loop a header past Brad Guzan.
Messi himself then doubled the advantage when he swept an unstoppable, "postage stamp" free kick into the top corner that grazed the underside of the bar to make it 2-0 at half-time. In doing so, he surpassed Gabriel Bastituta as Argentina's leading all-time goalscorer with 55.
Two became three as many minutes into the second half when Gonzalo Higuain stole in behind the offside trap to collect a cross and convert at the second attempt after Guzan and parried his initial shot.
And Messi unselfishly served a second on a plate for the Napoli striker later in the half, cutting the ball across for Higuain to fire home and make it 4-0.
Largely untroubled by Jurgen Klinsmann's team who struggled to mount anything meaningful going forward for most of the game, Funes Mori looked comfortable in a back three alongside Nicolas Otemendi and Marcos Rojo and he almost got in on the scoring action himself at the other end but couldn't connect with a corner in the second half.
Argentina will face either Colombia or Chile in the final in New Jersey while the US will play the loser of the other semi-final in Arizona on Saturday in the third-place match.
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1 Posted 22/06/2016 at 05:46:56
On another note; what is it with the Yanks? They were shocking.
It seems every time they look like taking their game to another level, they produce a generation of second raters.
You would think a country with sport so ingrained into its DNA, would want to take the global game by the scruff of the neck.
I know a lot of them are passionate about the beautiful game, but it seems the overwhelming majority are never going to give a shit.
2 Posted 22/06/2016 at 06:40:20
I doubt any of the England squad would get anywhere near the Argentinian squad, so perhaps those who continue to belittle Funes Mori will give him a break and maybe realise that some of his less than perfect displays last season were to a great extent caused like those of all our defenders, by the hapless coaching methods and tactics of our joke of a former manager. Under a properly coached regime it's fair to say he has flourished at the Copa.
3 Posted 22/06/2016 at 08:04:57
I would not be surprised if he becomes our future Captain.
4 Posted 22/06/2016 at 10:43:46
6 Posted 22/06/2016 at 11:25:29
7 Posted 22/06/2016 at 11:59:20
It's summer time, so I don't really think about the footy as much now, but it's when you realise, that this team, is going to go back to defending as a unit, then next season could bring real hope.
I like Mori, because he plays like he wants to win. He's done some stupid things, but haven't all our defenders in the last 12 months? But its hard not to, when it seems like it's been, every man for themselves at times.
This is why I'm warming to Koeman's appointment right now.
8 Posted 22/06/2016 at 12:12:21
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10 Posted 22/06/2016 at 13:02:44
Wishing Funes Mori the very best in the finals.
Join me in singing: "Everton, Everton, Everton. Everton is the best football club in the world......"
Sing it to the high heaven.
11 Posted 22/06/2016 at 13:28:51
12 Posted 22/06/2016 at 13:52:09
Brian 2, Tony 7, I like his attitude too. He seems like he owned that CB position in Argentina so far, so he will be in the WC 2 years from now barring injury and dramatic loss of form. Hopefully he will be a replicate his international form with us over the next few years.
13 Posted 22/06/2016 at 14:42:58
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16 Posted 22/06/2016 at 17:43:54
17 Posted 22/06/2016 at 18:00:59
All defenders who come to play in the Premier League from overseas take a while to settle in. I remember watching Desailly, one of the best defenders of all time, making his debut. If I recall, it was against Coventry (Dion Dublin?); he was all over the place, looked like he had never kicked a ball.
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