Competition: International Friendly – Netherlands vs. USMNT
Venue: Amsterdam Arena, Netherlands – Friday, June 5 – 14:30 ET (19:30 BST)
Match Odds: Netherlands 8/15 – Draw 11/4 – USA 9/2
The US Men’s National Team take on European giants Netherlands on Friday in what will be a real challenge for the 2015 Gold Cup hosts as they continue their preparation for the this summer’s tournament.
Jurgen Klinsmann arranged friendlies with the Netherlands and then Germany five days later as his USA team will be really tested over the next week.
They won their last outing 2-0 against Mexico back in April in what was just their second victory in nine games and so matches against Guus Hiddink’s side and the World Cup winners will give a real indication of where the team are right now.
The Netherlands beat Spain 2-0 in their last game in their second victory against the European Champions in nine months, and they are now unbeaten in three.
After reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer, the Netherlands lost four of their next five but seem to have found some consistency again and will expect to beat the USA on Friday.
This will be just the fifth meeting between the two sides. The USMNT have lost all four of the previous games, scoring their only goal against the Oranje in their last meeting in 2010 in a 2-1 loss at Amsterdam Arena.
Netherlands head coach Guus Hiddink has a strong team at his disposal and the likes of Robin Van Persie, Daley Blind, Memphis Depay, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar will all expect to feature. Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost has been cut because of a hamstring injury.
Jurgen Klinsmann has a relatively strong USA team for the game. Jermaine Jones had to pull out because of injury, while Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya are also ruled out. Clint Dempsey will not travel as he awaits the birth of his fourth child. Brad Guzan should return in goal with Kyle Beckerman back in midfield. Eight MLS players have been included.
Netherlands’ last five: L/L/W/D/W
USMNT’s last five: L/W/L/D/W
Key Stat: The USA have never beaten the Netherlands in four previous meetings, losing all four games and scoring just once.
Key Player: Memphis Depay – The Dutch winger will be desperate to impress ahead of his Manchester United move and will be a real threat down the wing.
Netherlands 2-1 USA – It’s tough to see the USMNT winning their first game against the Netherlands here but they should put up a good fight in what will be a real test for Klinsmann’s men.