Netherlands international Soccer team
United States men's national team substitute Bobby Wood struck in the 90th minute to complete a three-goal comeback and give the Americans a stunning 4-3 victory in the Netherlands. Wood poked home the winner from close range to complete a two-goal reply in the final five minutes to claim the Americans’ first victory over the Netherlands and bring this crazy, open game to a close.
Netherlands forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring just before the half-hour to punish the Americans for wasting their early chances, but Gyasi Zardes replied with his first international goal after 33 minutes to restore parity. Huntelaar grabbed his second goal and then fired the third off Memphis Depay to place the Dutch in commanding position early in the second half. John Brooks threw his side a lifeline when he finished his rampaging break with a cool finish.
Second-half substitute Danny Williams equalized with his deflected effort after the Dutch failed to clear a corner to set the stage for the dramatic late winner. Wood arrived at the perfect time to benefit from Michael Bradley's surging run out of midfield and Jordan Morris' tempting square pass to seal the victory.
Wood's first international goal provided a deservedly dramatic ending to a night where both teams chased the game earnestly and coped with the consequences. United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann may harbor some doubts about his defense ahead of the meeting with World Cup winners Germany in Cologne on Wednesday (live, 2:45p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go), but he will take pride in the persistence shown to stick with the game and snatch the victory at the death here at AmsterdamArena.
“I think we all saw a very entertaining game, " Klinsmann said. "It could have gone either way. Both teams had chances to finish things off. I think it was really exciting for the crowd to see a match where both teams are going for a win. I was not too nervous about being down 3-1. I was a little bit upset, but I was not nervous because I said, we will get chances."
Klinsmann pivoted away from his recent preference for 4-4-2 and selected a 4-3-3 setup with Johnson and Zardes occupying either wings. The early stages reflected the willingness of central midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley and Alfredo Morales to rotate when necessary and underscored the potential threats created by playing the wide players higher up the field.