USA Stuns Netherlands

Bobby Wood’ winning goal helped the United States of America achieve their first-ever victory against Netherlands in an international friendly on Friday, at the Amsterdam Arena.  The first 15 minutes of the half was quite cagey with the Dutch showing control with some tiki-taka.  But Joe Bradley scared the Oranje when he hit the post in the 17th minute.

There was no one to rebound at the post.  In the 27th minute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring with a header, putting the home team in a 1-0 lead.  It took the visitors only six minutes to equalise, when Gyasi Zardes made a cool tap in following a cross from the right flank for his maiden international goal.

Before the end of the first half, Huntelaar scored his second goal, a header, after a world class cross from Luciano Narsingh, lacing his team back in front to go into half-time 2-1 up.  It took just a few moments after the resumption of play before the hosts thought they had extended their lead but only to realise that the offside flag was raised, but the linesman had it wrong, as television replays would confirm.

Huntelaar aimed for the third goal  but it was awarded to Memphis Depay who was hit by the ball on its way to the net making it 3-1.  In the 70th minute John Brooks scored the second goal for the USA.  Saves were made, to hinder the Americans’ attempts at an equaliser.

However, in the 89th minute their luck changed, with Danny Williams scoring an equaliser followed by the winning goal in the 90th minute by Wood.  Two goals in quick succession saw the Stars and Stripes take a 4-3 lead that they would not surrender.