THE ROUND OF 16 IS SET!
🇳🇱 Netherlands vs. United States 🇺🇸
🇦🇷 Argentina vs. Australia 🇦🇺
🏴 England vs. Senegal 🇸🇳
🇫🇷 France vs. Poland 🇵🇱
🇯🇵 Japan vs. Croatia 🇭🇷
🇧🇷 Brazil vs. South Korea 🇰🇷
🇲🇦Morocco vs. Spain 🇪🇸
🇵🇹 Portugal vs. Switzerland 🇨🇭 #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/v8ON5XCJr3
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) December 2, 2022
Yeah, I figured you chauvinists would want a dedicated post for this one…
“For a Miracle” | United States vs. Netherlands World Cup 2022 Trailer pic.twitter.com/NQVzrnBY0Y
— Jacob Fineberg (@jacobfineberg12) December 2, 2022
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…
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…
Britain-based SportsMole, somewhat less enthusiastic:
… The Stars and Stripes also got as far as the last 16 in 2010 and 2014 before being eliminated, and a quarter-final appearance came the way of the U.S. as recently as 2002, but recent history against European nations in the World Cup does not favour Berhalter’s crop.
Indeed, the USA have not beaten a UEFA team in the World Cup since 2002 – drawing six and losing five versus such sides since then – and their three previous knockout games against European nations at the World Cup have all ended in defeat.
Victory over Iran also marked a first win in six matches across all tournaments for the Stars and Stripes, who lost their first four clashes with the Netherlands in friendly encounters, but they recorded a stunning 4-3 win over Oranje as recently as 2015 – coming back from 3-1 down to win it late on thanks to Bobby Wood’s 90th-minute effort.