April 20, 2024

United States vs. Netherlands live updates: Dutch leading early, 1-0

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continues Wednesday (on FOX and the FOX Sports app) with a highly anticipated Group E tussle between the United States and the Netherlands at New Zealand’s Wellington Regional Stadium.

Both squads won their opening matches, with the USWNT beating Vietnam 3-0, and the Oranje downing debutant Portugal 1-0. Wednesday’s all-important tilt marks the first match of the tournament between two teams ranked in the top 10 of FIFA’s world rankings — the U.S. is No. 1 and the Netherlands is No. 9.

Keep an eye out for U.S. star forward and co-captain Alex Morgan will aim to put a missed penalty kick behind her.

The Dutch are led by defender Stefanie van der Gragt — who scored the winning goal in the team’s opener — midfielders Sherida Spitse and Daniëlle van de Donk, and forward Lieke Martens, each of whom have made well more than 100 caps.

Check out our live coverage below, including live analysis from FOX Sports’ Michael Cohen!

United States vs. Netherlands

35′: Missed opportunity 

Similar design on both corner kicks from the USWNT. The goal was to create a flicked header at the near post. To reduce the number of bodies in that part of the field, the U.S. peeled a player from the goal line toward the top of the box in hopes of dragging a defender away from the fray. It was a smart design, but ultimately unsuccessful.

Elsewhere, the U.S. was getting stretched defensively late in the first half. The distance between Morgan on the front line and the USWNT’s four defenders was 50 yards at times. This gave the Dutch a lot of space in midfields between the lines.

29′: What could have been 

The Netherlands’ Dominique Janssen nearly put her team up 2-0, but her shot from outside the box was just a bit too high.

22′: No quit

Our first look at a corner kick against this wind was a really nice driven ball from USWNT midfielder Savannah DeMelo. She opted for a flat delivery instead of a bending the ball — a smart strategy to combat the stiff breeze.

17′: Goal! Dutch take the lead

The Netherlands were on the board first, courtesy of Jill Roord’s low strike from the top of the box. The space was created when Martens made a beautiful turn in midfield to bypass the USWNT’s midfield line. That gave the Dutch a numerical advantage as they crossed to the final third, and Roord found the lower corner on a shot from a central position.

This was the first time the U.S. had allowed to be scored on first in a World Cup match since 2011. It was also the first time the USWNT has trailed in a World Cup match in its last 18 tournament games (including today). Headed into Wednesday, the USWNT is 2-0-4 all-time when allowing a goal first.

Netherlands’ Jill Roord scores goal vs. USA in 17′

9′: Applying pressure early

The USWNT was marking Dutch holding midfielder Jackie Groenen with DeMelo. Because the Dutch are only play with one holding midfielder, this made it difficult for them to build from the back.

3′: Finding a rhythm 

Right out of the gate, the wind was certainly a significant storyline for this match. In adverse conditions, coaches often encourage their players to keep the ball on the ground and reduce the number of aerial passes. 

That tends to favor the squad with more technical players who can break down defenses using tight passing combinations instead of crosses that can be flown off target by the wind.

1′: Let’s go!

Just like that, things were underway in New Zealand. 

PREGAME

Setting the stage

The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on Twitter ahead of kickoff. 

Looking the part

Things were business as usual for the U.S. ahead of the much-talked-about match.

Starting XI

Both squads unveiled their starting lineups ahead of all the action.

Rose Lavelle started on the bench in Wednesday’s rematch of the 2019 World Cup final, in which she scored the decisive second goal for the U.S. Lavelle also started on the bench in the team’s opener Friday, her first match for club or country in over three months. She has also scored against the Netherlands the past three times the two teams have met. 

Lavelle said Tuesday that she could play the full 90 minutes if USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski asked her to, but Andonovski’s lineup suggests he’s willing to stay patient.

Star power

Four players in Wednesday’s startling lineup — Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz and Morgan — also started against the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final, while Naeher, Dunn, Ertz and Lindsey Horan started against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Get to know the personalities of the USWNT

Get to know the personalities of the USWNT

Eyes on the prize

The USWNT is trying to do accomplish a feat that no men’s or women’s team has before: win three consecutive World Cups.

Jenny Taft on USWNT’s morale heading into matchup vs. Netherlands

Jenny Taft on USWNT's morale heading into matchup vs. Netherlands

Check out the full Women’s World Cup schedule and how to watch each match live here. Find the latest scores here.

Read more: 

  • Japan vs. Costa Rica highlights: Japan defeats Costa Rica, 2-0
  • Spain vs. Zambia highlights: Spain skates to 5-0 victory
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