Argentina March Camp Roster

USA-Argentina goes down in just a few weeks–less than 2!–in New Jersey.

Only one of these guys--the up-and-comer--is bound for the Turnpike...

And La Albiceleste are bringing the heavies….except Carlos Tevez.

G: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andujar, Adrián Gabbarini.

DEF: Federico Fazio, Javier Zanetti, Ezequiel Garay, Pablo Zabaleta, Marcos Rojo, Gabriel Milito, Nicolás Burdisso, Nicolás Otamendi

MID: Mario Bolatti, Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, José Sosa, Esteban Cambiasso, Fernando Belluschi, Javier Pastore, Angel Di María.

FW: Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lionel Messi, Nicolás Gaitán, Eduardo Salvio.

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26 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve Trittschuh on 2011/03/11 at 5:29 PM

    This team is quite good. Can we trade our forwards for theirs????

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  2. Posted by EFG on 2011/03/11 at 5:38 PM

    The thought of Pastore, Di Maria, Levezzi, and Messi all out there together makes me happy and sad at the same time.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/11 at 5:41 PM

      The thought of possibly deploying Heath Pearce against that line should be enough to shrivel any mustache. I don’t know if that makes sense but I wrote it.

      I can see Mike Bradley easily getting an early yellow, but I can see Stu Holden being a little more self-contained.

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      • So… is there still a possible call-up for Bobby Convey?

        Yes he may not be the answer long term and BB does not appreciate his attitude, but should he be at camp anyways?

        Convey came off as cocky even during that interview with TSG, but is he poisonous to group morale? Does he put down his fellow teammates or something? Because if he can play LB he is worth a look at least to help during the Gold Cup.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/03/12 at 12:36 AM

          Convey doesn’t like playing left back and doesn’t really want to. I remember his best days with the USMNT being at left midfield not left back. He might have been a bit better there than Beasley or Lewis but not much.

          So unless he has a run there for San Jose and is beyond outstanding I see no point in calling him back. Now if you want to try him at left midfield or winger maybe you’ve got something.

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  3. No Tevez, yes. Now if Messi doesn’t play that would really help and allow us not to not see another JB meltdown or Loyd getting owned, then again Argentina will be class regardless.

    Can’t wait for the discussion of who pairs in CB (that is the biggest outcome to determine from these friendly matches). Argentina’s attack looks formidable….

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  4. Scariest aspect of this lineup……no Maradona pulling the strings. Argentina may actually play to their ability.

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  5. Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/03/11 at 8:42 PM

    Does the fact that there are two forwards does that pretty much mean that we are going to see a 4-2-3-1 against our 4-2-3-1? If so, I don’t see how Messi can play as the 1. Maybe as the outside in the 3 though.

    Can’t wait to see the A team again, the fact that I have tickets makes me more excited.

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  6. Posted by Sam on 2011/03/12 at 8:21 AM

    So what do you all think we’ll win by?

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    • by -2

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      • Posted by Sam on 2011/03/12 at 11:51 AM

        Come on, we can’t be doing the cynicism-disguised-as-realism thing already!

        Its so much more fun to be completely irrational with optimism.

        “We’re gonna win by five goals and US supporters will outnumber non-argentine dudes in Messi shirts ten to one. I’m calling it right now.” Sounds better than ” I hope we don’t embarrass our selves too much.” Right?

        In the words of 2 Live Crew “Come on baby we do this!”

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  7. I think we probably will lose, but I hope I’m wrong. Ultimately I want to see a hard fought match regardless of the score.

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    • Posted by Martin on 2011/03/12 at 12:24 PM

      This is a warm up match to help the US see where they are leading up to the Gold cup. The score doesn’t matter so much as how certain players play in certain positions/situations. BB has a lot of of sorting out to do

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  8. Posted by dth on 2011/03/13 at 8:18 AM

    Kind of crazy that a young, talented player like Mauro Zarate hasn’t been called up and in fact has never been called up.

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  9. File under interesting speculation: Argentine outlet thinks if Japan withdraws from Copa America due to the earthquake, the U.S., Cuba, or a Central American country would be on the docket to replace them.

    http://mundod.lavoz.com.ar/futbol/japon-en-duda-para-la-copa-america

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    • Posted by EFG on 2011/03/13 at 5:44 PM

      I find it hard to believe that CONMEBOL would invite the US back after we “disrespected” (their words, not mine) their tournament in 2007 by sending our “C” Squad when we had the Gold Cup a few weeks before/after (I don’t remember).

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  10. [...] Argentina’s roster announcement was made this past Friday, the only meaningful names missing were Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. [...]

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  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/14 at 6:33 AM

    Makes you wonder how players [Zanetti and Cambiasso] who were deemed good enough by Mourinho, to be in Inter’s team to win Serie A and the Champions League last season, were not good enough to be in Maradonna’s Argentina 23 man World Cup squad…

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    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/14 at 8:38 AM

      still boggles the mind. He set them back years during his tenure.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/14 at 10:45 AM

        Just proves the point that not all great players make great coaches/managers [or you don't have to have been a great player to be a great manager].

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        • Yeah. But here’s a better question: are great players more likely to be great coaches than players who aren’t? The key here is sample size–the sample size of great players from which to draw great coaches is much smaller, so of course there are going to be fewer successful examples. Nevertheless Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff seem to prove something, right?

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/14 at 10:59 AM

          Or maybe not even great players. Or even played at the top level. I think that mindset is ingrained in Britain. Even with discussions in the pub about football tend to always fall back on somebody’s ability to play vs their opinion, ie ‘you were pants, so wha do you know’? The fact that the likes of Mourinho, Wenger, Houllier, Benitez never played top-level football but obtained the Pro Licencse perhaps is representative of UK v Europe in these matters.

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        • Also Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps.

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        • Well, I wonder whether the problem in Britain with hiring great players is many of them don’t have the tactical know-how because Britain doesn’t emphasize tactical know-how in its education in the same way that France, Spain, etc. do.

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