June 5, 2015
U.S. Men defeat Holland 4-3
AMSTERDAM - Gyasi Zardes, Danny Williams and Bobby Wood each scored their first international goals as the U.S. Men's National Team pulled of a stunning come from behind upset over No.6-ranked Netherlands 4-3 at Amsterdam Arena.
It was the first time the U.S. has beaten the Dutch in five meetings between the two teams.
Williams equalized in the 88th minute and Wood notched the game-winner in the 90th to complete the stirring comeback. ardes began the scoring for the U.S. in the first half and John Brooks' goal mid-way through the second frame set the stage. The four goals mark the first time the U.S. has scored more than one goal against the Dutch in a match.
The Dutch opened the scoring in the 27th minute. Memphis Depay played the ball past Zardes to send a cross to Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who escaped both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks to head the ball into the back of the net from six yards out.
Just six minutes later Zardes netted the equalizer. Aaron Johannsson staterd the play, sending an pass to Fabian Johnson who was at the upper right corner of the Netherlands box. Johnson played a cross to Zrdes who sent a right footed tip from a sharp angle inside the near post, past Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Huntelaar scored his second of the game to again give Holland the lead in the 49th minute. This time he headed in a cross from second sub Gregory Van der Wiel.
Huntelaar set up the third Holland goal, driving a 15 yard shot off Memphis Depay and past U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Before it hit off the post and settled into the opposite side of the net.
Trailing 3-1, the U.S. began their comeback in the 70th minute. Michael Bradley came running into the right side of the box where he found DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin gave the ball a single touch before crossing it to the middle where Brooks used the inside of his left foot to guide a shot inside the near post for his second international goal.
In the 88th minute, Williams latched onto a Dutch clearance of a Bradley corner kick at the top of the box. His right footed shot deflected off Dutch forward Luuk de Jong and into the net to knot the score at 3-3.
Just two minutes later, Wood got the game winner, tapping in a a cross from Jordan Morris.
Brad Guzan had six saves for the United States, but he also got a lot of help from his defense in fending off the 21 shots from the Dutch attack.
After Guzan made a stop of a shot by Robin Van Persie in the 47th minute, Kyle Beckerman cleared the Dutch striker's second attempt off the line. In the 83rd minute, it was Fabian Johnson who backstopped Guzan, sending a clearance off the post and out of bounds.
Guzan made a big save in the 90th minute, making a diving stop on a shot by Luuk De Jong. The follow up fell to De Jong once again but his second attempt hit the crossbar.
The relatively young U.S. squad showed poise, in peppering Holland with 17 shots, and forcing Cillessen to make seven saves. The Dutch keeper made a point blank stop of a shot by Zardes in the 15th minute, then made a leg save after Brek Shea got it one on one in the 22nd minute. Zardes had another chance in the 64th that Cillessen blocked with his left leg.
The U.S. faces another stiff challenge in Europe on Wednesday June 10 when they face reigning World Champion Germany at RheinEnergiesSTADION in Cologne at 1:45 p.m. CT.