Team USA knocked out of World Cup after 3-1 loss to Netherlands

Team USA knocked out of World Cup after 3-1 loss to Netherlands
# 03 December 2022 21:43 (UTC +04:00)

The U.S. run at the 2022 World Cup has ended after the Netherlands defeated the U.S. 3-1 in the round of 16, APA reports citing NPR.

Christian Pulisic had a golden opportunity to put the U.S. on the board early against the Netherlands. In the third minute, he was one-on-one with the towering Dutch goalkeeper but couldn't get it by the 6-foot-8 Andries Noppert.

It was the Netherlands that scored first. In the 10th minute, Memphis Depay powered a volley beyond the outstretched arms of U.S. keeper Matt Turner. The tenor of the game then changed. The Netherlands slowed the tempo and dropped players into the backfield to clog up the U.S. offense.

The U.S. deficit got even bigger when the Netherlands scored again - just moments before the end of the first half in stoppage time. In an almost carbon copy of the first goal, a Dutch pass across the goal box found the right foot of Daley Blind who booted it by Turner to double the Dutch lead to 2-0 at halftime.

The U.S. started the second half with energy, intensity and several goal chances. And, in the 76th minute, the U.S. found a way to score. Pulisic sent a cross in front of the Dutch goal and it ricocheted off Haji Wright to sail into the net.

The momentum for the U.S. did not last long. In the 81st minute, Denzel Dumfries was left wide open in front of the U.S. goal and he powered the ball beyond Turner to make it 3-1.

The U.S. couldn't capitalize as the Dutch midfielders and defenders stifled the American offense - combined with the U.S. missed opportunities. "This is a difficult one to handle," said USA head coach Gregg Berhalter in a post-match interview on Fox. "We came up short today but not for lack of trying or lack of effort."

The Netherlands entered this match against the United States on its longest unbeaten streak at the World Cup. The Dutch had not lost their last ten games (seven wins and three draws).

This was the fifth time the U.S. had made it into the round of 16 at the World Cup. They'd only won once before - beating Mexico in 2002 to advance to the quarterfinals (the U.S. made it to the semifinals of the inaugural World Cup in 1930 when only 13 teams competed).

The Netherlands will play the winner of the late Saturday match between Argentina and Australia in the quarterfinals on Friday.