By Ronald Blum
The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Minutes after Lionel Messi and Argentina had finished a 4-0 mauling of the United States in the Copa America semifinals, Jurgen Klinsmann was asked to assess the size of the gap between his team and soccer’s elite and how long it will take to close it.
“Oh, that’s a tough one,” the coach said, smiling and chuckling. “I don’t have that answer right now.”