Biggest Winner - Argentina Fans
Argentina’s fans came out in full force in Seattle, representing most, if not all of the 45,754 fans in attendance. With neither team having much to play for, the Argentine fans were treated to quite the goal fest during the first half. By halftime the score was 3-0, and Argentina had 85% of the possession. If we didn’t know any better, this looked like a Harlem Globetrotters game. Messi subbed on at half time. Enough said, right? Well, the second half was just watching Messi run around for 45 minutes.
Daily MVP - Eduardo Vargas
Alexis Sanchez was awarded the Man of the Match in Philadelphia, but Vargas’ performance in the first half merited our MVP selection. Two goals and an assist vaulted him to the top spot, and the continuous efforts at completing his hat trick solidified his position. Additionally, his unselfish play to seal a Chilean victory is far more valuable to Total MLS over a risky attempt at a hat trick.
Goat of the Day - Claudio Bravo
Even though Chile walked away victors of the match, Bravo’s two howlers kept Panama in the match and Chile’s future in question. The Barcelona keeper made two uncharacteristic errors that would have seen Chile eliminated under the pressure of a higher caliber team.
Biggest Surprise - Panama going up 1-0 against Chile
In a game that was all but done and dusted, considering Panama’s absences, they came out of the gates firing. Taking advantage of a huge mistake from Bravo. But, they weren’t able to capitalize in the end.
Good/Bad Moment - Messi’s (offside) nutmeg of the Bolivian goalkeeper. Just, wow.
MLS Connection - Jaime Penedo
While San Jose’s Alberto Quintero took the field for Panama, the former La Galaxy keeper took the most action for the evening. Posting seven saves over the match, the Saprissa starter was unable to keep Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez from swelling the net.
Final Whistle - The Group Stage is Over
The last group games have come and gone. We can now move on to some elimination, knockout soccer!