Netherlands VS USA FIFA LIVE Football Score 03/12/2022
The United States are in the last 16 of the World Cup for the third time in the last four World Cups as they square off against the Netherlands on Saturday. Gregg Berhalter and the team are in the midst of one of the most successful runs for the national team ever as the memories of missing the World Cup in 2018 are now a thing of the past. Only making it out of the round of 16 twice in their history, the USMNT can etch themselves in program history if they’re able to pull an upset. It was Christian Pulisic’s goal that got them to the finals, and also landed him in the hospital after the match with a pelvic contusion. But on Friday he was officially cleared to play, the team announced.
Sergino Dest will face his nation of birth after committing to the USMNT over the Oranje and will need to keep his defensive improvements for the team to succeed. Christian Pulisic, Weston Mckennie, and Josh Sargent wee all injury doubts heading into the match, but it seems as if all three could be cleared to play if needed.
Virgil van Dijk, the towering Liverpool center back has been widely considered the best player at his position for the last few years. He did tear his ACL in October of 2020 and was out for nine months, and he hasn’t been at his best very, just like his club, but even a 90% van Dijk is better than most other center backs at the World Cup. He is as good as they come technically, he can dominate games in the air and has the ability to hurt you in attack on set pieces. If you want to teach how to defend one-on-one, he’s the guy to watch, and it may be a long day for whoever plays forward for the red, white and blue. And while he sometimes seems to lack, pace, the defender has a magical ability to be all over the field in the nick of time. Here you can see his defensive area covered map. It’s just, like, the entire back line.
The legendary Dutchman Louis van Gaal. The 71-year-old former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United is in his third stint as the manager of the Oranje. A Champions League winner as the coach of Ajax, he’s won a trophy at every club he’s managed. He was also the boss in 2014 when they finished in third place at the World Cup in Brazil, losing to Argentina in the semifinals before beating Brazil in the third-place match.
The Dutch use a 3-4-1-2 that can easily convert to four on the back with wingback Daley Blind staying back while the other, Denzel Dumfries, getting up the field. They like to find diagonal runs in attack and use their velocity and have Frenkie de Jong in the middle to the distributor. There are strongest at the center back position and the weakest in attack, though they do have five goals in the tournament. When it comes to creating, they aren’t about quantity of chances, rather quality.
The United States Men’s National Team will try to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for just the third time in history when the Americans square off against the Netherlands in a Round of 16 match on Saturday. The last time the USA reached the quarterfinals came in 2002, when the Americans beat rival Mexico in the Round of 16 before falling to Germany, 1-0, in a controversial quarterfinal match. The only other time the Americans advanced past the Round of 16 came in the inaugural World Cup, in 1930, when they reached the semifinals of the 13-team tournament.
Kickoff is 10 a.m. ET. The Netherlands are the -112 favorites (risk $112 to win $100) in its latest USA vs. Netherlands odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with the USMNT the +350 underdogs. A 90-minute draw is priced at +220. The over/under for total goals scored is 2.5.
Before you lock in your Netherlands vs. USA picks or World Cup 2022 predictions, you need to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
Green knows that the Dutch have a red-hot goal scorer in Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old forward for PSV has scored in each of the Netherlands’ three matches so far in the World Cup. As of Wednesday, his three goals were tied for the most in the tournament.
Green also has taken into account that the Americans have played solid defensively so far in Qatar. Led by goalkeeper Matt Turner, centerback Tim Ream and defensive midfielder Tyler Adams, the USA have conceded only one goal in three matches, and that came on a penalty kick. Turner has faced just seven shots on goal, making six saves.
Now, Green has taken a close look at the USA vs. Netherlands match from all sides, and we can tell you he is taking the Under on the goal total. He also has two other best bets, including one that pays plus-money, and a full breakdown of this World Cup Group Round of 16 match. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks and analysis before making any selections of your own.
The first match of the World Cup’s knockout phase will pit the Netherlands against the USA at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday, with the European side seeking to affirm their credentials as serious challengers in Qatar.
There has been much talk – mostly from the Dutch camp – of the team’s potential to go all the way in the tournament.
Louis van Gaal’s side topped Group A, picking up seven points with 2-0 wins over Senegal and Qatar to go alongside a 1-1 draw against Ecuador.
But despite going unbeaten, the Netherlands’ three performances so far left plenty to be desired with a number of key players yet to fully fire and the side heavily reliant on goals from the in-form Cody Gakpo.
That will offer hope to the Americans, who will be the underdogs but have already offered up some proof of their own potential in an unbeaten run in Group B which saw them secure 0-0 and 1-1 draws against England and Wales respectively and a gritty 1-0 win over Iran to ensure their progress.
While the USA sweat on the fitness of star player Christian Pulisic – he has a pelvic injury and is being assessed daily – coach Gregg Berhalter said his team would have no inferiority complex.
“It’s a great opportunity, but it’s not something that we’re going into it thinking is an honour,” Berhalter said. “We deserve to be in the position we’re in. And we want to keep going. We don’t want to be going home on Saturday.
“And from here anything can happen. All we need to do is play one game at a time. There’s no need to even project how far this team can go,” added Berhalter, who has an intimate knowledge of Dutch football. The 49-year-old played in the Dutch league for three different clubs between 1996 and 2000.
For the Netherlands, the key will be to get Memphis Depay flying in attack and Frenkie de Jong on the ball in midfield.
Depay says he is over his hamstring injury, having made two substitute appearances and started their last group game.
“I have drawn a line under the questions about fitness,” he told reporters.
“I’m fit. The knockout phase is serious business. We are past the group phase, we can now not afford to slip into it. Many people thought it would be a piece of cake, but it is always a bit different.”
Van Gaal, 71, was keen not to underestimate the opposition.
“I know from experience that matches against countries such as the United States and Australia, who we encountered at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, are always very difficult,” he said. “They are very fanatical and sharp on the ball.”
The winner of the match will advance to a quarter-final meeting with either Argentina or Australia on December 9.