Netherlands vs USA World Cup 2022: Date & Time, Match Preview, Team News, Prediction

A quarter-finals berth is up for grabs when the Netherlands and United States square off in their first competitive meeting on Saturday afternoon.


The Netherlands and the USA will commence the World Cup 2022 last-16 phase when they lock horns at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Louis van Gaal’s side topped Group A to secure their passage into the knockout stages, while the Stars and Stripes placed second in Group B behind England.

Date, kick-off time and venue

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Netherlands vs USA is scheduled for a 3pm GMT kick-off on Saturday December 3, 2022.

The match will take place at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Netherlands vs USA team news

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The Dutch midfield is still not settled after Louis van Gaal made yet more changes to his setup alongside Frenkie de Jong for the Qatar win.

Marten de Roon and Davy Klaassen have Teun Koopmeiners and Steven Berghuis for competition, while Cody Gakpo could be moved in behind the strikers to allow room for another attacker.

Memphis Depay played 66 minutes on his first start for a number of months against Qatar and should feature again.

Christian Pulisic is a doubt after going off injured scoring the goal that put the USA in the last-16. However, the Chelsea man has assured that he will be fit to play – in an update he delivered from hospital.

Gio Reyna’s lack of gametime looks set to continue as Gregg Berhalter ponders how to boost his firepower with his strikers largely misfiring at the World Cup.

Match preview

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A minor blip against Ecuador proved to be nothing more than a minor blip for the Netherlands, who were widely expected to advance to the last 16 as Group A winners and did not let the Oranje faithful down, taking seven points from their three matches.

Breakout star Cody Gakpo became just the fourth man in Netherlands history to score in three successive World Cup matches with his well-taken opener against Qatar on Tuesday, and Frenkie de Jong also got in on the act with a tap-in to confirm a first-placed finish and leave the hosts winless and pointless on their way to the exit door.

Concerns have arisen over the Netherlands’ style of play at this World Cup, with Oranje only having eight shots on target so far, but Van Gaal has dismissed such worries as the 2010 runners-up prepare to tackle the World Cup knockout rounds once again.

By topping Group A, the Netherlands kept up their remarkable streak of progressing to the last 16 in every World Cup they have played in since 1934, and they have only been eliminated at this stage twice in the past 32 years – once in 1990 and then again in 2006.

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Since their Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of the Czech Republic, the Netherlands have strung together an impressive 18-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, and Van Gaal is now out to record an 11th World Cup game without defeat – going level with second-placed Mario Zagallo and one behind the all-time record of 12 held by Felipe Scolari.

By putting his body on the line for the team and picking up an injury that required hospitalization, USA talisman Christian Pulisic sent his side through to the knockout stages of football’s most prestigious event with the only goal of the game in their final Group B clash with Iran.

That winner-takes-all showdown was settled when Pulisic darted into space to finish from close range in the 38th minute, allowing Gregg Berhalter’s side to leapfrog Iran into second place behind England and set up a tantalizing clash with the Dutch.

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.

Netherlands vs USA prediction

It is not difficult to imagine these two teams cancelling each other out, the US buoyed by an unbeaten start and the Dutch more talented but yet to fully click in Qatar.

A 0-0 draw, USA to win on penalties.

Charlotte Pho