The United States’ World Cup run came to a crashing halt Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands.
Memphis Depay (10′) and Daley Blind (45’+1) scored to give the Netherlands a 2-0 halftime lead.
A comeback seemed unlikely at that point, but Haji Wright (76′) delivered for the U.S. to slice it to 2-1. Denzel Dumfries then provided the dagger (81′), and the U.S. ran out of time.
The U.S. held a 58-42 percent edge in possession, and a 17-11 advantage in shots, but the Netherlands held its ground all match. The Netherlands turned in a tactically sound performance and capitalized on its chances.
After tying Wales and England, and outlasting Iran, 1-0, in the group stage to advance, the U.S. has now lost in the round of 16 in its last three World Cup appearances (2010, 2014, 2022).
With a young, talented roster, the future is bright, but it’ll have to wait four years to get another shot when it hosts the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
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