With a Copa America semi-final looming, let’s look back at the last American to score a goal against Argentina.
In the time after the 2010 World Cup and before the 2011 Gold Cup, the US had an absolutely stacked friendly schedule, featuring games against Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Spain. The year after a World Cup is a time of transition for all national teams, and two players part of that transition entered this game in the second half. A 20-year-old Timothy Chandler made his US debut at right back. Joining him was 18-year-old Juan Agudelo, in just his third cap.
15 minutes later, Agudelo would make his mark. Landon Donovan serves a free kick into the box from 35 yards away. Carlos Bocanegra directs the ball on goal with the initial header, and after a keeper deflection, Agudelo somehow dances on the endline to stick with the play. In the scramble, Agudelo’s outstretched right leg taps the ball into an empty net, and he races off to celebrate in front of 79,000 fans.
Chandler – who bombed forward on that right flank – and Agudelo nearly connected again in the 72nd minute. However, the initial goal and a proto-Belgium performance from Tim Howard was enough for the US to tie Argentina 1-1. At the time, it was Agudelo’s second goal in a mere three caps and 106 minutes with the US.