US surges past Holland with dramatic rally

Published Saturday, June 6, 2015 7:27 AM by Shane Barrow
US surges past Holland with dramatic rally

The USA mounted a furious secoind half rally to knock off the World Cup semifinalist Holland 4-3 Friday in Amsterdam.  It was the American's first ever victory over The Netherlands and is another feather in the cap of Jurgen Klinsmann.

An entertaining opening 45 minutes saw both sides create plenty of scoring chances.  The home side found the net first before a nice back post ball found Gyasi Zardes to poke home and send the game to halftime all square.

The questionable American defense would be badly exposed though by the talented Dutch.  The Netherland raced out after halftime and built used a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar brace to go 3-1 up when his shot deflected off Memphis Depay's for a 53rd minute goal.  The US would not go quietly though and set forth on an epic rally in the final half hour of play.  

The American substitutes would have a dramatic impact as DeAndre Yedlin, Jordan Morris, Bobby Wood and Danny Williams all had influence.  With the tremendous work rate of Michael Bradley pushing the team the visiting US would score three times in the final minutes to flip the result and gain an impressive result on foreign soil.  It was typical American "never say die" soccer.  Something fans have come to expect over the years.

"Obviously it's a good feeling now that we are growing," Klinsmann stated. "We all know that the Gold Cup is a completely different ball-game for us. When you come to Europe it's a far more open game because they go at you. The first four to five games in the Gold Cup, they will play very defensively, and we will need to find other ways to score goals."

The US begin their defence of the Gold Cup next month as they take on Honduras, Haiti and Panama in Group A. And the 50 year old German coach believes it is good to go into the final few friendlies before the tournament on a high.