What to know concerning the Netherlands, the USMNT’s subsequent opponent


After a second-place end in Group B, the U.S. males’s nationwide workforce is within the knockout spherical of the World Cup. The Individuals will face the Netherlands on Saturday in a round-of-16 showdown at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Rayyan, Qatar.

The Dutch completed atop Group A with seven factors (2-0-1) from wins over Qatar and Senegal and a draw with Ecuador within the event’s opening spherical. Like the US, the Netherlands missed the World Cup in 2018 and is taking this event as a possibility to reassert its presence on the worldwide stage.

Led by captain Virgil van Dijk, a 6-foot-5 defender who stars for Liverpool, and breakout younger expertise Cody Gakpo, who has scored three objectives in three video games, the Dutch are in search of a spot of their seventh World Cup quarterfinal. Right here’s what to find out about the US’ subsequent opponent:

For a nation of solely 17 million individuals, the Netherlands has lengthy had an outsize affect on the world’s soccer tradition. It has completed because the runner-up thrice — in 1974, 1978 and 2010. The Dutch philosophy of “Total Football,” epitomized by three-time Ballon d’Or winner Johan Cruyff throughout his time with Amsterdam membership Ajax and the nationwide workforce, has grow to be synonymous with free-flowing, engaging soccer.


within the World Cup

The Netherlands has by no means gained a World Cup, regardless of reaching three finals.


within the World Cup

The Netherlands has by no means gained a World Cup, regardless of reaching three finals.


within the World Cup

The Netherlands has by no means gained a World Cup, regardless of reaching three finals.

The Oranje reached the ultimate of the 2010 World Cup and misplaced to Spain in further time. It completed third in 2014, falling to Argentina on penalties within the semifinal. America and the Netherlands have met 5 occasions earlier than, with the Dutch main 4-1-0. Of their most up-to-date assembly, a June 5, 2015, pleasant in Amsterdam, the Individuals gained, 4-3.

After a embellished profession in membership soccer with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, Louis van Gaal is in his third stint answerable for the Netherlands. The Amsterdam native first managed his nation from 2000 to 2001 and 2012 to 2014, overseeing the semifinal run in Brazil.

He assembled a proficient squad for Qatar. Van Dijk, a Premier League and Champions League winner, instructions the again line. Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is superb at discovering area and threading passes via the midfield, particularly because the workforce’s wingbacks shift from a again 5 to a 3-5-2 formation in possession.


Louis van Gaal

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Barcelona ahead Memphis Depay tied with England’s Harry Kane to steer all scorers in European qualifying with 12 objectives, however has but to play greater than 65 minutes at this World Cup as he recovers from a muscle damage.

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With out Depay totally match, Gakpo has damaged via because the workforce’s most harmful scoring menace, with six objectives in 12 profession appearances. The 23-year-old attacker, who stars for PSV Eindhoven within the Dutch Eredivisie, is amongst 5 gamers main the race for the Golden Boot.

A shock inclusion got here within the type of goalkeeper Andries Noppert. (At 6-foot-8, he’s the tallest participant in Qatar.) His begin within the opener towards Senegal was additionally his first for the nationwide workforce.

The Netherlands opened its World Cup run with a 2-0 win over Senegal on Nov. 21. After Senegal stored it shut for greater than an hour, Gakpo scored on a header within the 84th minute, and midfielder Davy Klaassen added one other in further time.

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Ecuador gave the Dutch their greatest take a look at but in a 1-1 draw final Friday; Gakpo began sturdy with a sixth-minute rating, however the Ecuadorans slowed down the Dutch counterattack and located an equalizer to grab a degree.

The Oranje secured passage to the knockout spherical with Tuesday’s 2-0 win towards Qatar, with objectives from Gakpo and De Jong. It has not misplaced a match since a June 27, 2021, defeat to the Czech Republic within the Euro 2020 spherical of 16.

The winner of Saturday’s match faces the winner of Argentina-Australia within the quarterfinals Dec. 9.

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