U.S. Men's National Team Shows Strong Start to Argentina Series
U.S. Men’s National Team Shows Strong Start to Argentina Series
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – August 23, 2014 – The U.S. Men’s National Squad kicked off their final series of the summer against Argentina earlier today at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Despite a strong performance, Team USA lost the opening game of their series with a score of 4-1. Argentina finished third in the recently held Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands and are currently ranked seventh in the world.
“We are encouraged by our start to the series against a very capable team and after their recent World Cup success,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “Our team managed to execute our plan for the majority of the game with only a few critical moments where we were caught off guard. Execution of penalty corners at this level is critical and Argentina was clinical today.”
Team USA started the game strong and went up 1-0 six minutes into the match. A well-executed penalty corner routine resulted in a lethal flick into the goal by Will Holt (Camarillo, Calif.). After the score, match play evened out and yielded both teams with offensive chances. In the 25th and 27th minutes, Argentina converted two penalty corners into goals. The halftime score read 2-1 with both teams having few scoring opportunities other than corners. At the start of the second half, Argentina had the better of the game, but the U.S. managed to still create offensive opportunities. Argentina put away their third penalty corner in the 48th minute, making the score 3-1. For the remainder of the game, play kept flowing both ways, but Team USA was unable to close the gap. On the final, whistle Argentina netted their fourth goal with another penalty corner.
Team USA will take to the pitch against Argentina tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. PST in Chula Vista, Calif. Follow @USAFieldHockey for live match updates.