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The stakes have gotten higher at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Group play is complete and the 32-nation field is down to 16, with those who advanced needing to navigate past four opponents to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. The United States kicks off knockout round play Saturday morning against the Netherlands, a traditional European power looking to get back on the global stage.
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Netherlands vs. USA match details + betting preview
- Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
- Start Time: 10:00am ET
- TV Channel: FOX
- Location: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
- Participants: USA vs. Netherlands
- BetMGM Sportsbook Odds: USA +310, Netherlands -105, Draw +230
The U.S. is back in the round of 16 for the first time since 2014 and seeking its first quarterfinal appearance since 2002, when that World Cup co-hosted by Japan and South Korea offered plenty of surprises and upsets. This time out, the Yanks finished second to England in Group B, progressing after a nervy 1-0 victory over Iran on Tuesday thanks to Christian Pulisic’s first-half goal and stout defending throughout the second half.
Gregg Berhalter’s side was stellar defensively in group play, conceding just one goal in the three matches, and did not yield any scores in the run of play. Offensively, however, there was much left to be desired as the U.S. scored just twice. Pulisic featured in both of them, providing the pass that set up Timothy Weah’s goal in the 1-1 draw versus Wales to open group play.
Pulisic has been cleared to play against the Netherlands, but how close he is to 100% is unknown. The Chelsea winger suffered what was called a pelvic contusion in a heavy collision with Iran keeper Alireza Berinvand shortly after knocking the ball over the goal line. His effectiveness will go a long way toward determining if the U.S. can be more incisive in the final third compared to group play.
Brendan Aaronson will again be Pulisic’s understudy, with the slight possibility Berhalter elevates him into the starting lineup. The Leeds United midfielder has appeared as a substitute in all three matches and played the entire second half versus Iran after Pulisic could not continue. The only other injury concern for the U.S. is striker Josh Sargent, who is day-to-day with ankle soreness.
Injuries aside, Berhalter has his entire roster available, as no one picked up two yellow cards in group play. He does have some decisions to make beyond Pulisic’s availability, most notably settling on a central defender to partner with Tim Ream. Berhalter started Cameron-Carter Vickers over Walker Zimmerman for the Iran match, though Zimmerman did enter as a late substitute when Berhalter opted for a five-man backline to see out the victory.
The other position where Berhalter may change things up is at striker, though that may be out of necessity based on Sargent’s availability. Haji Wright could get his second start, considering he has the potential at 6-foot-3 to at least bother imposing Netherlands center back Virgil Van Dijk. Jesus Ferreira has yet to see action in Qatar and could move up the pecking order if Sargent cannot go.
The Netherlands, which has been World Cup runner-up in 1974, 1978, and 2010, made it out of group play for the 10th time in as many appearances. The Dutch won Group A by claiming seven of a possible nine points, with wins over Senegal and host Qatar bracketing a draw versus Ecuador. Louis van Gaal’s side tallied five goals while conceding just one in the three matches.
Van Gaal, who is in his third stint as manager and guided the Oranje to a third-place finish in Brazil in 2014, has seen Cody Gapko emerge as his team’s top offensive threat. The 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven striker joined Jonas Neeskens, Dennis Bergkamp, and Wesley Sneijder as the only Dutch players to bag goals in their first three World Cup matches and in the hunt for the Golden Boot. Perhaps more impressively is that he has needed just four shots to claim those goals.
The Netherlands also have offensive threats beyond Gapko, most notably Memphis Depay. The Barcelona striker made his first start at the World Cup in Tuesday’s win over Qatar and had five of his side’s 13 shots. The 6-foot-5 Van Dijk anchors the Dutch’s back three along with Nathan Ake and Matthijs de Ligt, while Frenkie de Jong pulls the strings in midfield.
The Dutch have progressed from the round of 16 in six of eight previous appearances since 1974, failing to advance only in 1990 and 2006. The U.S. has lost in the round of 16 on three of four occasions, falling to Brazil in 1994 and after extra time to Ghana in 2010 and Belgium in 2014.
This is the first time the sides are meeting at the World Cup, and the teams have only met five times previously — all in friendlies. The Oranje won the first four before the U.S. won 4-3 in Amsterdam in 2015. Only three players from that match are on the current rosters: Depay and Daley Blind for the Netherlands and DeAndre Yedlin for the U.S.
Whoever advances will face either Australia or Argentina in the quarterfinals on Dec. 9.
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