World Cup live updates: USA vs. Netherlands coverage

Written by on December 3, 2022

Team USA faces off against the Netherlands in its attempt to get to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.

Team USA take on the Netherlands in the first knockout round of the round of Qatar World Cup Saturday.

While the Dutch sailed through Group A without much drama the U.S. have performed above expectations, the midfield trio of Yunus Musah, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie dominating against England and Iran.

The United States must-win match against the Dutch, which is being played at Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium, starts at 9 a.m. EST.

It will be shown on Fox, in Spanish on Telemundo and streamed on Peacock.

The United States is trying to get to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002, but the team is winless in its last 11 World Cup games against European teams, a streak that includes five losses and six draws.

What’s in the ‘magic spray’ World Cup players use, and does it really work?

Viewers of the World Cup are likely familiar with the “magic spray” that sometimes gets whipped out after a player tumbles to the ground, writhing in pain from a mid-game injury.

The aerosolized substance garners renewed intrigue every so often, when team doctors douse players with it and then send them back into action, seemingly healed. So, how does the spray work, and just how magical is it?

Warm but not brutal evening for play in Qatar

It’ll be a summery feel in Qatar for the United States’ round-of-16 match against the Netherlands.

The forecast is for 80 degrees at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EST) at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, when the Americans and Dutch kickoff. It’ll be a touch cooler, 77 degrees, by 8 p.m. locally when then final 90-minute whistle likely blows.

The open air stadiums in Qatar have been been fitted with cooling systems, to chagrin of environmentalists.

The World Cup is typically played in June and July when most of the world’s major soccer leagues are on between-season breaks. But when the tournament was awarded to Qatar, organizers agreed to move it to November and December to avoid the oppressive desert heat.

Christian Pulisic cleared to play against Netherlands after game injury

U.S. forward Christian Pulisic has been cleared to play in the team’s round-of-16 game against the Netherlands, the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team announced Friday.

Pulisic, 24, sustained a pelvic contusion relatively early in Tuesday’s match after he careened into Iran’s goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, while scoring the game’s only goal.

The USMNT had described Pulisic’s status after the game as day-to-day.

U.S. looking for a rare World Cup quarterfinal appearance

An American upset over the Netherlands would bring coach Gregg Berhalter’s men to the quarterfinals and a stage rarely occupied in U.S. soccer history.

The U.S. men’s team made the semifinals of the inaugural World Cup in 1930, finishing third, behind runner-up Argentina and host and champion Uruguay.

The closest the Americans have come since that 1930 run was in 2002, when they made the quarterfinals of that tournament in South Korea and Japan.

Qatar World Cup lays bare the huge environmental cost of tournament

Air conditioning in huge open-air stadiums, hundreds of international flights, lots and lots of lights.

More than a million people have traveled to Qatar for one of the planet’s biggest sporting events. But as it hosts the soccer World Cup, controversy is also descending on the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Alongside concerns over human rights, anti-LGBTQ laws and the treatment of migrant workers — issues that have dogged the tournament for years — critics say Qatar 2022 will be one of the most environmentally damaging of modern times.

Ahead of the tournament, several ecologically minded professional players signed an open letter to FIFA early this month, urging soccer’s global organizing body to ditch its contested claim that the Qatar World Cup is carbon neutral and to review its plans for next year’s Women’s World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Netherlands vs. US: Two exciting young teams go head-to-head for place in World Cup quarterfinals

The round of 16 match on Saturday between the US Men’s National Team and the Netherlands is one of the more intriguing clashes in the first knockout round of Qatar 2022.

Though the bookmakers have the Netherlands as the odds-on favorite, this match-up is certainly closer than that and both teams will feel confident of booking a place in the quarterfinals.

The USMNT gave England real trouble in its group stage match and will likely have come out of that game the more disappointed of the two teams with the 0-0 draw, while a solid win over Iran in a high-stakes, winner-takes-all match showed that Gregg Berhalter’s men can perform under intense pressure.

With the Netherlands ranked eighth in FIFA’s world rankings – eight places above the US – and boasting world renowned talents like Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, Saturday’s match will be a tough one for the US.

Can Berhalter’s men reach the last eight for the first time since 2002? CNN Sport takes a look.

USMNT’s key threat
Of course, the main concern for the US is the fitness of star man Christian Pulisic.

The Chelsea forward suffered what he called a pelvic contusion while scoring the winner in its crunch match against Iran, but head coach Berhalter said Friday that Pulisic is on track to play on Saturday.

Pulisic, dubbed “Captain America” by some US fans, told reporters Thursday that he “will do everything in my power to work with this medical team and make sure that I can play.”

Fortunately, for US fans, the USMNT tweeted from its official account late on Friday that Pulisic “has been cleared to play” in the win-or-go-home match against the Dutch.

‘Anything can happen’

The performance against Iran – a gritty but deserved 1-0 win – will have been incredibly pleasing to Berhalter, in particular as it came against the backdrop of much off-field tension in the buildup.

Berhalter and captain Tyler Adams faced some tough questions from Iranian journalists in a fiery pre-match press conference, fending off accusations of hypocrisy and disrespect.

That his team was able to focus and deliver when it mattered most will give Berhalter and US fans huge confidence going into Saturday’s match.

“From here, anything can happen,” Berhalter said ahead of the match. “It’s a great opportunity, but it’s not something that we’re going in thinking it’s an honor. We deserve to be in the position we’re in and we want to keep it that way.”

While Pulisic is undoubtedly the star of the USMNT, captain Adams has been the team’s engine and heartbeat.

The Leeds midfielder has shown poise both on and off the pitch, drawing praise for his composure and eloquence in responding to those questions from Iranian journalists.

Berhalter, whose team is yet to concede a goal from open play at this World Cup, heaped praise on his “general” following the win against Iran.

“Tyler fits a very specific role,” Berhalter said. “He is the general, he is the strategist. He’s the guy that goes out there and leads by example. When he talks, people listen.”

The opponent
If the US can perform as it did against England and for much of the game against Iran, a place in a first World Cup quarterfinal since 2002 beckons.

The USMNT will be confident against a Netherlands side that hasn’t quite got it together in Qatar.

Louis van Gaal’s side has failed to impress so far, earning a late win against Senegal thanks to two goalkeeping errors from Édouard Mendy and only tallied a point against Ecuador in a game it was fortunate not to lose.

The team’s 2-0 win over Qatar was a more convincing performance, but even that comes with the caveat of the Qataris being poor at this tournament.

What the coach said
Few would have expected the Netherlands to be a serious contender at this World Cup and it will pleasing to head coach van Gaal, a manager known for his pragmatism, that his side qualified top of Group A despite not yet clicking as a team.

The 71-year-old, currently in his third spell in charge of the Dutch national team, hit back against claims from one reporter that his team’s performance against Qatar had been “terribly boring” and, in his pre-match press conference for the quarterfinals, lauded a “fanatical and sharp” US team.

“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,” van Gaal said Thursday.

“They work very hard and they’re good on the ball.

“The USA has demonstrated that it has an excellent team, I would even say one of the best teams, a team that is fine-tuned, [but] it’s nothing we can’t overcome,” van Gaal added Friday, per Reuters.

“The USA that is a very energetic squad, they have physically strong players and that is tough for any opponent, and you can tell from their results, but we will do everything we can to win and to beat USA, that’s it.”

Netherlands’ key threat
The Netherlands mustered just eight shots on target in its three group stage matches but was clinical in scoring five goals, thanks largely to star youngster Cody Gakpo.

The 23-year-old has likely greatly increased his transfer value this tournament, much to the delight of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, scoring his three goals with his right foot, left foot and head to lead the 2022 World Cup golden boot race alongside Kylian Mbappé, Marcus Rashford, Álvaro Morata and Enner Valencia.

Reports suggest that Manchester United are among the clubs already chasing Gakpo’s signature following the World Cup and fellow Dutch star van Dijk said the winger’s potential could see him “go to the moon and back.”

“He is a very good player and a good boy too,” the Liverpool defender said. “What we see in training is what you see on the pitch. There is still so much potential and I hope he can carry on showing it for us. We are very happy with him.

Van Gaal added: “Things can change, but Cody has everything it takes to become a star. He has a wonderful personality to become a star player because he is open minded to anything and everything.”

This team struggled against an athletic Ecuador team, a threat the USA will also pose, and the Netherlands will need Gakpo at his best – along with van Dijk and midfielder de Jong – to progress past a stern test in the Americans.

When and where
10 a.m. ET at the Khalifa International Stadium.

How to watch
US: Fox Sports


Australia: SBS

Brazil: SportTV

Germany: ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Telekom

Canada: Bell Media

South Africa: SABC

World Cup 2022 round of 16: Netherlands vs USA match preview

The winner of Saturday’s match will advance to a quarter-final meeting with either Argentina or Australia.

Who: Netherlands vs USA
Where: Khalifa International Stadium
When: December 3, 6pm (15:00 GMT)
FIFA ranking: Netherlands (8), USA (16)

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.

USA sweat on Pulisic fitness

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.

Van Gaal has described them both as indispensable to the Dutch cause.

Winner to meet Argentina or Australia
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.

Netherlands vs USA: How to watch, live stream link, team news

This USA looks for a legacy-cementing performance when it meets the Netherlands in the 2022 World Cup Round of 16 on Saturday in Al Rayyan.

The Yanks await fitness updates of Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent but are largely healthy, though the USA has been leaning on largely the same starters deep into all three matches.

Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Senegal, then drew Ecuador 1-1 before blanking Qatar 2-0.

However, the Dutch have an illness bug sweeping through their team and key playmaker Frenkie de Jong is among those not feeling great.

USA drew Wales 1-1 Wales before a more impressive 0-0 with England and a pivotal 1-0 win over Iran that saw Christian Pulisic injured while scoring a huge goal.

USA fullback Sergino Dest chose the USMNT over the Netherlands and will certainly be in focus Saturday on the right side (presuming he starts his fourth-straight match).

Here is everything you need for Netherlands vs USA.

How to watch Netherlands vs USA live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday Dec. 3
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Netherlands are the fourth-best team in ELO Ratings and eighth in FIFA’s oft-debated rankings, while the Yanks are ranked 20th by ELO and 16th by FIFA.

So the big storyline is whether the favorites’ role affects the Dutch at all, having had that label against Ecuador, Senegal, and Qatar, and whether the Yanks can effectively channel their underdog energy again as they did against England.

The huge question, of course, is whether Christian Pulisic is 100%, 75%, or less following the pelvic contusion suffered against Iran. While Tim Weah’s been very good and fullbacks Sergino Dest and Antonee Robinson splendid, Pulisic is no doubt the focus of defenders and the U.S. attack. It’s also worth watching whether Weston McKennie finally has a game-changing performance at this tournament, as the Juventus man has been getting back to full fitness all World Cup.

The Dutch have been thrilled by the performances of 23-year-old Cody Gakpo, who has scored in every game. The back line of Virgil vsn Dijk, Jurrien Timber, and Nathan Ake has been good, allowing just one goal, while Matthijs de Ligt started the first game in place of Timber and Stefan de Vrij looms on the bench. With Frenkie de Jong in the center of the park, this Dutch team is very strong even if it isn’t vintage Holland.

Netherlands vs USA all-time

The USMNT scored a memorable win over the Dutch in 2015 under Jurgen Klinsmann, trailing 1-0 and 3-1 before winning 4-3 with goals from Danny Williams and Bobby Wood in the 89th and 90th minutes to get the win. Gyasi Zardes and John Brooks also scored in the game.

The Dutch had won all four meetings before that and all five games were friendlies occurring between 1998 and 2015.

Netherlands vs USA, World Cup history

The Dutch have never faced the USA at a World Cup, and the home of Johan Cruyff certainly has a more illustrious tournament history.

The Netherlands, like the USMNT, missed the 2018 tournament. That absence came after finishing in third place in 2014 and losing the 2010 final to Spain. They’ve lost three finals in total, two in the mid 1970s, and haven’t lost a World Cup game outside of penalties since that 1-0 loss to Spain in 2010.

The USMNT’s best tournament finish concluded with the controversial loss to Germany in the 2002 quarterfinals, but the Yanks have now reached the knockout rounds the last three times they participated in the World Cup. They’ve only won a knockout round match in 2002.

Netherlands quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 8
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group G)
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo

USA quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 16
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 9
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (3rd place)
Coach: Gregg Berhalter
Key players: Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie

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