EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Juan Agudelo scored in the 59th minute, and the United States rallied for a surprising 1-1 tie against Argentina and Lionel Messi in a high-profile exhibition game on Saturday night.

Esteban Cambiasso put fourth-ranked Argentina ahead in the 42nd minute after a thrilling run to the endline by Messi, who passed through the legs of U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra. Angel Di Maria’s initial shot was stopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, and Cambiasso scored on the rebound.

After the U.S. switched to a more offensive approach, energizing the crowd of 78,936 at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the 18-year-old Agudelo scored his second goal in three international appearances.

It followed Landon Donovan’s corner kick and an initial header by Bocanegra that was saved by goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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