The USMNT gave England real trouble in its group stage match and will likely have come out of that game the more disappointed of the two teams with the 0-0 draw, while a solid win over Iran in a high-stakes, winner-takes-all match showed that Gregg Berhalter’s men can perform under intense pressure. With the Netherlands ranked eighth in FIFA’s world rankings – eight places above the US – and boasting world renowned talents like Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, Saturday’s match will be a tough one for the US.
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Netherlands vs. US: Two exciting young teams go head-to-head for place in World Cup quarterfinals | CNNCNN — The round of 16 match on Saturday between the US Men’s National Team and the Netherlands is one of the more intriguing clashes in the first knockout round of Qatar 2022. Though the bookmakers have the Netherlands as the odds-on favorite, this match-up is certainly closer than that and both teams will feel confident of booking a place in the quarterfinals.
“The USA that is a very energetic squad, they have physically strong players and that is tough for any opponent, and you can tell from their results, but we will do everything we can to win and to beat USA, that’s it. ” The Netherlands mustered just eight shots on target in its three group stage matches but was clinical in scoring five goals, thanks largely to star youngster Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old has likely greatly increased his transfer value this tournament, much to the delight of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, scoring his three goals with his right foot, left foot and head to lead the 2022 World Cup golden boot race alongside Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Rashford, Álvaro Morata and Enner Valencia.
Can Berhalter’s men reach the last eight for the first time since 2002? CNN Sport takes a look. Of course, the main concern for the US is the fitness of star man Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea forward suffered what he called a pelvic contusion while scoring the winner in its crunch match against Iran, but head coach Berhalter said Friday that Pulisic is on track to play on Saturday. Pulisic, dubbed “Captain America” by some US fans, told reporters Thursday that he “will do everything in my power to work with this medical team and make sure that I can play. ” Fortunately, for US fans, the USMNT tweeted from its official account late on Friday that Pulisic “has been cleared to play” in the win-or-go-home match against the Dutch.
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Luckily for Van Gaal, Cody Gakpo has been a shining light and is perhaps the player of the tournament so far. He opened the scoring with three valuable goals in all of their group games, against Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar. The first contributed to a rather late 2-0 win against the African champions, the second came inside six minutes against Ecuador and the third part of a routine victory against the World Cup hosts. USA, on the other hand, managed to escape the toughest group (according to the FIFA rankings). A slightly disappointing 1-1 draw with Wales was followed up by an excellent team performance against group winners and highly-fancied England.
Netherlands vs USA preview: Last-16 analysis, team news and moreThe knockout stage at the 2022 World Cup gets underway with the USMNT’s last-16 tie against the Netherlands. The match will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al-Rayyan. Wilton Sampaio will referee the match. He has also taken charge of a Netherlands match at this World Cup, having overseen their 2-0 group-stage win against Senegal, the Brazilian was also the man in the middle for the group game between Poland and Saudi Arabia.
Berhalter’s men went into the final game of the group knowing they needed to beat Iran and that’s exactly what they did thanks to a really brave winner from Pulisic after a free-flowing attacking move. Players carrying yellow cardsNetherlands: Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake. USA: Sergino Dest, Weston McKennie, Tim Ream, Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams. What’s at stake? A place in the quarter-final. If they were to defy the odds and win, it would be the first time USA have played in a quarter-final since the defeat by Germany at that stage back in 2002.
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Reports suggest that Manchester United are among the clubs already chasing Gakpo’s signature following the World Cup and fellow Dutch star van Dijk said the winger’s potential could see him “go to the moon and back. ” “He is a very good player and a good boy too, ” the Liverpool defender said. “What we see in training is what you see on the pitch. There is still so much potential and I hope he can carry on showing it for us. We are very happy with him. Van Gaal added: “Things can change, but Cody has everything it takes to become a star. He has a wonderful personality to become a star player because he is open minded to anything and everything. ” This team struggled against an athletic Ecuador team, a threat the USA will also pose, and the Netherlands will need Gakpo at his best – along with van Dijk and midfielder de Jong – to progress past a stern test in the Americans. 10 a.
Christian Pulisic was injured in the process of scoring the winning goal against Iran but he should still start after it was revealed his fitness was still being monitored ‘day-to-day’. Josh Sargent was sent for a scan on an ankle injury but he too will probably be available to start, permitting there are no major issues when the results of the scan return. Weston McKennie — who is carrying a yellow card into this one — has also been dealing with a knock but, like his two aforementioned team-mates, he should be fine to be involved.
The services of Pulisic will be required by the USMNT (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)Predicted line-upsNetherlands (3-5-2): Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, Klaassen, De Jong, Blind; Gakpo, Depay. USA (4-3-3): Turner; Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson; Adams, McKennie, Musah; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic. The story so farOn paper, it seems that the Netherlands cruised through Group A as they picked up seven points in an unbeaten run, but they have not quite shown their best yet.
The only other time they have reached the last eight was then they finished third at the first ever World Cup, almost 100 years ago in 1930. The Netherlands are no strangers to the latter stages of the World Cup. In their history, they have reached the final on three occasions but have never lifted the famous trophy.
What time is Netherlands vs USA? The match kicks off at 6pm local time which means it will start at 3pm in the UK and the coverage will be shown on the BBC. In the US, FOX and Telemundo will be showing the match and kick off is at 10am EST and 7am PT. The Netherlands works on Central European Time (CET) so kick off there will be at 4pm. Team newsLouis van Gaal has been fortunate with a lack of injuries during this World Cup so far. Jeremie Frimpong might not be fully fit heading into the weekend but he was only back up to Denzel Dumfries during the group stage anyway so that isn’t too much of an issue. An unchanged side from the one that beat Qatar feels likely for the Netherlands. Meanwhile, Gregg Berhalter has plenty of problems to contend with.
The performance against Iran – a gritty but deserved 1-0 win – will have been incredibly pleasing to Berhalter, in particular as it came against the backdrop of much off-field tension in the buildup. Berhalter and captain Tyler Adams faced some tough questions from Iranian journalists in a fiery pre-match press conference, fending off accusations of hypocrisy and disrespect. That his team was able to focus and deliver when it mattered most will give Berhalter and US fans huge confidence going into Saturday’s match. “From here, anything can happen, ” Berhalter said ahead of the match.
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