USA vs. Netherlands preview


Owen Keane

The Netherlands are 4-1 against the United States in the history of these two teams playing

The United States were in euphoria on Tuesday, having beaten Iran and making it to the knockout stage, but now the team must look ahead to its match against the Netherlands. 

The game takes place on December 3 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar.  

The U.S. has scored two goals this season and conceded one in three games.  While the team was undefeated, it ended the group with five points and only qualified in the last game.

When it comes to injuries, Josh Sargeant, who started in two of those games, is unlikely to play after falling awkwardly and injuring his right ankle. Christian Pulisic has also reportedly suffered an abdomen injury after colliding with Iranian keeper Alireza Beiranvand to score the winning goal. 

The U.S. is expected to play a 4-3-3 formation, as they have done this entire tournament.  With Robinson and Dest starting, they are also likely to let them go forward from defense down the sides.  If Pulisic starts as a left winger, he’s likely to cut inside onto his preferred right foot.  

While the U.S. isn’t the favorite to win this game, the team’s speed and mentality provide optimism, as coach Greg Berhalter has highlighted in previous interviews.

As for the Netherlands, their team finished first in its group and are heavy favorites to win this game.  It dominated its group, only conceding one goal and scoring five.  Netherlands’ top scorer, Gakpo, has scored in each of the games.

There aren’t any Netherlands players injured.

The Netherlands play a unique 3-4-1-2 because the team has so many backup center backs.  The fullbacks drop back to form a back five and go forward on offense; this allows the forwards to stay central.

The Netherlands have had a good tournament so far but will be dependent on Gakpo to produce in order to win this game.