Netherlands Knocks U.S. Out Of The World Cup With 3-1 Win; USMNT Coach: ‘We Made Some Progress’

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Welcome to the live blog for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against The Netherlands in the knockout stage of the World Cup in Qatar.

12:14 p.m. ET

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter spoke to the media after the U.S. defeat, and praised the group of players, while expressing disappointment with Saturday’s result. There’s a lot to be proud of, and undoubtedly progress has been made. But there’s still lots to do before the U.S. can be legitimate contenders.

12:02 p.m. ET

Emotional scenes on the field after the match as the U.S. goes out in disappointing fashion.

They dominated nearly every statistical category except for the one that matters. Lots to be proud of, but lots to work on as well.

11:56 a.m. ET

It’s all over.

The U.S. is out of the World Cup after a disappointing 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands. The Dutch didn’t create many chances, but finished clinically when given the opportunity. The U.S. missed a number of great looks, and couldn’t consistently create shots.

Advancing out of the group stage was a great first step, but the Americans couldn’t do enough to push through to the quarters.

There’s plenty to look forward to in 2026, with a fantastic group of young, talented players. But they’ll have to find a true striker to put some of these opportunities away.

11:50 a.m. ET

Just a few minutes of stoppage time remaining for the United States. The Netherlands made the most of the opportunities and the USMNT didn’t. It’s a familiar story, where the U.S. couldn’t find the final pass to unlock a tough, determined defensive shape.

Tough way to go out.

11:40 a.m. ET

Well just a few minutes after it looked like the U.S. had life, the Dutch put a third goal away to close out the U.S. Somehow, Denzel Dumfries was left entirely uncovered and had an easy finish to put the nail in the coffin with just eight minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

11:33 a.m. ET

The U.S. are back in it after a flick from Haji Wright somehow found the back of the net. With fifteen minutes plus stoppage time, it’s not over yet. Past misses from Ream and Pulisic now loom even larger.

11:30 a.m. ET

Just 20 minutes remaining, plus stoppage time, and the U.S. hasn’t threatened since Tim Ream couldn’t put the ball away. The Netherlands are following the same strategy as their previous opponents, absorb pressure, let the UMSNT tire themselves out and unleash pressure late.

Except they have a 2-0 lead to work with as well.

Matt Turner kept hopes alive with a great save to deny the Dutch.

11:17 a.m. ET

The U.S. actually had a higher expected goals number than the Netherlands in the first half. Had the majority of possession, just couldn’t finish. Poor defensive pursuit also cost them.

11:13 a.m. ET

The USMNT missed another huge chance, as Tim Ream couldn’t get a solid shot off a few feet from goal. This and Pulisic’s miss will haunt this group if they’re not able to come back here.

11:04 a.m. ET

Gio Reyna is on the field for the United States! Reyna came in to the tournament as one of their most talented players, but has played just seven minutes to this point. With the team desperately needing goals, it’s about time. We’ll see if he can make a difference.

10:58 a.m. ET

The U.S. does have a history of coming back from two goal deficits against the Netherlands. In a 2015 friendly, they fell behind 3-1 early in the second half before scoring three late goals to win 4-3.

But for this current version of the team, who’s really struggled to put the ball in the net, it’s going to be a tough uphill climb.

10:49 a.m. ET

We’ve reached halftime, with the Netherlands ahead 2-0 on an early 10th minute goal from Memphis Depay and a backbreaking late goal from Daley Blind.

The U.S. dominated possession for most of the first half, but it was generally empty, generating just two shots.

There was some better play from the U.S. late in the half. Tim Weah unleashed a shot from just outside the penalty box, forcing a save from Dutch keeper Noppert.

But we’ve seen this from the USMNT already, first half pace turns to second half fatigue.

10:32 a.m. ET

The Netherlands seem happy to let the U.S. take the ball into the attacking third, knowing they can’t convert it into real shots on goal.

The Dutch have been content to sit back, absorb empty pressure, and get actual shots off in transition.

So far it’s working as the USMNT have never truly threatened after going down 1-0.

10:22 a.m. ET

The USMNT is struggling to control possession the way they did earlier in the tournament. The Netherlands aren’t known for their pace, but they’ve managed to turn the U.S. over in dangerous places and controlled the tempo.

The U.S. once again can’t seem to find the final ball to get a shot off, as the Dutch close down as soon as they get the ball around the penalty box.

10:12 a.m. ET

The Netherlands are ahead 1-0 on an easy finish from Memphis Depay. The U.S. back line got stretched on a counter and no one marked Memphis, leading to a clear shot on goal. Turner wasn’t able to keep it out, and the U.S. are now trailing for the first time in the World Cup.

Makes the Pulisic miss look even worse now. The U.S. has plenty of time to respond, but not the start you want.

10:06 a.m. ET

How did Christian Pulisic miss that? Captain America was onside with only the goalkeeper to beat and rushed it into a miss. Devastating if they’re not able to break through.

10:02 a.m. ET

Yunus Musah becomes the youngest player to ever start a knockout round match for the United States, at just over 20 years of age. Musah will be one of the more important players on the field for the U.S., needing to help control the midfield.

9:25 a.m. ET

OutKick’s friends at Fox News Digital put together a great primer on everything you need to know about today’s match. Read it here.

One thing we didn’t realize the U.S. and Netherlands have in common: neither team qualified for the 2018 World Cup. A quarterfinal appearance in Qatar would go a long way in making up for that disappointment for the winning country.

9:17 a.m. ET

It seems like all Americans have World Cup fever, as this is the first time the USMNT has made it to the Round Of 16 since 2014. Even the King Of Social Commentary himself, LeBron James, is showing off his support of the red, white and blue.

LeBron James wore a US jersey before the Lakers played the Bucks on Friday. (The Daily Mail)

OutKick’s own Matt Reigle sums up how everyone is feeling this morning.

9:01 a.m. ET

Here is the USMNT starting lineup:

8:58 a.m. ET

Good morning, soccer fans. The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on The Netherlands today in the Round Of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar. The game begins at 10 a.m. ET and will be televised on FOX.

Captain America Christian Pulisic will be there with a heathly pelvic bone so that’s good.


We will providing live updates and commentary of the game right here. Follow along on Twitter as well.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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