Match Preview: United States-Argentina Semifinal

The United States looks to make history by advancing to the Copa America finals for the first time

Today is the day! The United States is set to take on Argentina for a spot in the Copa America finals! After losing the first game of the tournament to Colombia, Jürgen Klinsmann found a way to turn this team around, win Group A (still thanking Costa Rica), and beat Ecuador in the quarterfinals. Now they will look to take out the number one ranked team in the world, Argentina.

Jun 14, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi (10) takes a free kick against Bolivia during the second half in the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Argentina defeated Bolivia, 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Argentina, who made it to the final last year but lost to Chile on penalty kicks, will look to claim their first major international trophy since their Copa America win in 1993. Messi will also look to make his mark on Argentine soccer with an international trophy, coming so close in the 2014 World Cup and in the 2015 Copa America.

The United States were never supposed to make it this far. Some counted them out once the groups were drawn and most joined the negative-nellies after the opening loss to Colombia. Now the United States are once again the underdogs, and once again play when most people count them out and already assume Argentina will make it to the finals. Though this will be a hard game for the United States, it will be a great test of how the team has progressed since last year’s Gold Cup disappointment. They will have to do this without three of their major starters, Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood, and Alejandro Bedoya, who received a red card suspension and yellow card suspensions, respectively.

The last time these two teams played was a friendly in March of 2011. It ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a Juan Agudelo equalizer in the 59th minute.

A special two-hour pregame show will start at 4pm on FS1, with kick-off at 6pm. Fox Sports Go will have the game available for streaming on mobile devices or you can follow along on social media.