The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) advanced to the knockout rounds of the 2022 World Cup with a thrilling 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday, setting up a date with Group A winners Holland at 9 a.m. ET on FOX.
This is the third consecutive World Cup that the USMNT has participated in and been eliminated from the group stage. However Stars and stripes They lost their previous two games in the round of 16. The U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in overtime in 2010 and Belgium 2-1 in overtime in 2014 in a game that immortalized Tim Howard as a goalkeeper in U.S. soccer history. Failed. Recorded a World Cup record 16 saves against Belgium’s relentless attack.
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The United States has not won a knockout stage match at the Men’s World Cup since 2002, when Landon Donovan helped lead the USMNT to a 2-0 victory (known as a “doss a serve”) over archrival Mexico.
The Netherlands, like the USMNT, did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, the Dutch have had much more success in the knockout stages, reaching the final in 2010 and the semi-finals in 2014.
The U.S. is also struggling with injuries to key forwards Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent. Pulisic, who suffered a hip contusion while scoring the winning goal against Iran, has confirmed both publicly and to his teammates that he will be available on Saturday.
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Here’s how to bet on the USA v Netherlands match, from moneyline, draw odds, over/under total odds and expert pick (with odds via FOX Bet).
United States of America vs. Netherlands (10 a.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 3, FOX and FOX sports program)
United States of America: +300 (Bet $10 to win a total of $40.00)
Netherlands: -120 (bet $10 to win a total of $18.33)
Lottery: +210 (Bet $10 to win a total of $31.00)
Over / Under Total Goals – 2.5
Over: +125 (bet $10 to win $22.50 total)
Under: -182 (Bet $10 to win a total of $15.50)
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Pick through the FOX sports betting analyst Jason McIntyre:
When the line was produced, the US reached +400, but the initial money went to the Americans. This is not the Dutch team that finished third in the 2014 World Cup. orange They failed to qualify in 2018 and then at Euro 2020 (which was held in 2021 due to Covid), the Dutch were knocked out by the Czech Republic in the round of 16.
But what the Netherlands do have — that the USMNT doesn’t — are forwards who can find the back of the net. 23-year-old star Cody Gakpo, who is 6-foot-4, scored in all three group stage games. It will be interesting to see if Greg Berhalter sticks with Cameron Carter-Vickers as the starting center back or Walker Zimmerman, who struggled at times in the first two games but was a valuable player of late against Iran.
“We’re brothers and we love the pressure,” Weston McKenney said of America’s victory over Iran in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Dutch striker Memphis Depay was not fully fit due to a hamstring injury but started in the third game against Qatar. Obviously, he will be needed against a USA defense that didn’t concede a goal during the game and conceded just one goal in total (Gareth Bale’s penalty for Wales in the first leg of the group stage). Depay has scored 42 goals for the Dutch national team. A combination of Depay and Gakpo would be a handful for the United States.
As sweaty as the last 20 minutes against Iran were for American football fans, the game was a complete domination. The expected goals (xG) stat evaluates scoring opportunities, and the United States scored 1.42 in that match to Iran’s woeful 0.62. By comparison, the USMNT played the mighty England to a tie on the scoreboard and almost a tie in xG – 0.89 to .87.
Christian Pulisic’s health is obviously a top priority. The USA will have to have offensive opportunities against the Netherlands, who only play three defenders. Of course, the defenders at Manchester City (Nathan Ake), Liverpool (Virgil van Dijk) and Ajax (Jurin Timberlake) play the highest level of football in Europe. No USMNT players appear on any of these lists.
Can USMNT’s Josh Sargent and Younes Moussa spark against the Netherlands?
The USMNT’s biggest strength is in the midfield, and two players to watch are Weston McKenney and Younes Moussa at the back. The Netherlands looked lethargic at times against Senegal, held scoreless in the opening 80 minutes, and Ecuador, where the Dutch were outshot 15-2 but held to a 1-1 draw.
The last time the USMNT reached the knockout rounds, in 2014, they were underdogs against Belgium. It was 0-0 after 90 minutes – and if you want to cry, look up Chris Wandolowski late in the game. The USA lost 2-1 in overtime, but this USMNT is far superior. Given the form of both teams through three games, an upset win for the US wouldn’t shock me.
I predict both teams to score, and a USA win in overtime is worth a shot if you want a winner.
Selection: Both Teams to Score (+105 at FOX Bet)
Selection: USMNT to win in overtime (+1800 at FOX Bet)
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