Team USA Battles through Second Match with Argentina

Aug. 24, 2014, 6:28 p.m. (ET)

Team USA Battles through Second Match with Argentina

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – August 24, 2014 – Another tightly contested match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Argentina was played earlier today at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., with a number of home fans entertained by top level hockey. Team USA fought valiantly to generate scoring opportunities, but fell 4-1 to a tough Argentina squad.

“Our team has made positive steps in both of these matches against a very good opponent,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “With the process we have developed in our program, it is pleasing to see the players play the way they are. We are encouraged by our ability to compete and create opportunities and are looking for further ways to close the gap. Our ability to remain on task and execute a game plan is providing our players great experience that will help us in the long term, as well as in our immediate performances.”

The match started with Team USA managing to secure two penalty corners in the opening minutes thanks to composed ball possession resulting in clinical attacks. Argentina, however, was first to find the backboard through a penalty corner drag flick in the ninth minute. Undiscouraged, the U.S. managed to notch an equalizer from Michael Barminski (Ventura, Calif.) off of a well worked variation in the 15th minute.

Both teams created opportunities throughout the first half and solid defending by the red, white and blue was broken only by clever play in the midfield by Argentina, who tallied a field goal four minutes later. The halftime score was a fair reflection at 2-1 in favor of Argentina.

Argentina came out strong in the second half and scored in the 39th minute. Both teams maintained possession throughout all areas of the field for the remainder of the game with Argentina netting another field goal with 23 minutes left in the match. The final score stood 4-1 in favor of Argentina.

After a rest day tomorrow, Team USA will face Argentina again on Tuesday, August 26 at 10:45 a.m. PST. In their first match against Argentina yesterday, the U.S. gave a strong performance, but was unable to totally shut down the Argentina offense and walked away with a 1-4 loss. For more information and live match updates, stay tuned to and follow @USAFieldHockey on Twitter.