Herculez Gomez: USMNT’s Copa America loss to Argentina ‘exposed a lot of realities’

“Let’s be honest: We’re far away from being the best team in the world,” said the Sounders forward and part-time Fox Sports analyst. “But so are a lot of other teams.”

Seattle Sounders forward and part-time Fox Sports analyst Herculez Gomez weighed in Wednesday on the United States national team’s comprehensive 4-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina in the Copa America semifinals, breaking down what went wrong and whether the tournament should be considered a net positive.

“Let’s be honest: We’re far away from being the best team in the world,” Gomez said. “But so are a lot of other teams.”

Gomez added that Tuesday night’s game in Houston could have different if forward Bobby Wood and midfielders Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya hadn’t been suspended for yellow- and red-card suspensions.

“You’re playing against arguably the top team in the world and arguably the best player in the world (Lionel Messi), so you need to be very careful when you pick and choose how to try to hurt Argentina,” said Gomez, who earned 24 USMNT caps between 2007 and 2013. “Once you give up that first goal in the third minute, you’re now chasing the game, and I don’t think that we’ve done particularly well over the years.

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“Let’s be honest: We’re far away from being the best team in the world, absolutely. But so are a lot of other teams. … We’re far away, but on any given day, you can beat a team like Argentina if you do the right things. We obviously didn’t.

“It’s very hard when you play in these games, and they get that first goal. You start chasing the game and that’s not what you do well. One goes in, the second goes in and there’s this ‘you’re not getting out of this hole’ feeling. You’re just looking for the time to go by so you can get out of…

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