The United States Men’s National Team has reached the knockout round in its return to the World Cup. The Americans secured second place in Group B with a 1-0 win over Iran and will now face the Netherlands in the round of 16 on Saturday.
Netherlands vs. USA
Start Time: Saturday at 10am ET/3pm GMT
Location: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
How they got here:
Netherlands (1st position Group A)
- 2-0 W vs Senegal
- 1-1 D vs. Ecuador
- 2-0 W vs Qatar
United States (Second Position Group B)
- 1-1 d v Wales
- 0-0 D vs England
- 1-0 W vs Iran
O 2.5 (+115)
U 2.5 (-160)
This is a Redemption World Cup for both these countries. Surprisingly, neither of the two qualified in 2018, and now they meet in the round of 16.
Both teams progressed through the group stage without a loss and were solid defensively with just one goal. However, the Dutch were more demonstrative of the attack than the Americans. The Americans scored just two goals and had seven shots on target in three matches.
The Netherlands comfortably beat Qatar on Tuesday, but they were not dominant in the first two matches. Senegal outplayed the Dutch, but Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaasen scored after the 80th minute to tie the game. Ecuador then had a 15-2 lead against the Netherlands in the second group match. Gakpo already has three goals in this tournament.
The Oranje are getting results and winning their group as expected, but they don’t look like one of the best teams in this World Cup. The Americans have been a bit of a surprise, even holding England to a goalless draw.
Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent both went off injured against Iran. Polsic was injured on the game-winning goal against Iran, colliding with the goalkeeper, but returned after the first half. He went down at halftime with an abdominal injury. Sargent landed awkwardly on his right leg after trying to avoid a slide tackle late in the match against Iran.
The United States last made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2002, defeating rival Mexico 2-0. Since then, the Americans have lost in this round to Ghana in 2010 and Belgium in 2014, both in overtime. The Dutch were runners-up at the World Cup in 2010 and finished third in 2014.
This will be the Americans’ 37th match at the men’s World Cup and their first meeting with the Netherlands.
Will be updated soon.
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(Tim Ream photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)