World Cup live updates: USA vs. Netherlands coverage

World Cup live updates: USA vs. Netherlands coverage

Published December 3, 2022
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Team USA take on the Netherlands in the first knockout round of the round of Qatar World Cup Saturday.

While the Dutch sailed through Group A without much drama the U.S. have performed above expectations, the midfield trio of Yunus Musah, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie dominating against England and Iran.

Making knockout play was a major achievement for the United States, which failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Angela Yang

Viewers of the World Cup are likely familiar with the “magic spray” that sometimes gets whipped out after a player tumbles to the ground, writhing in pain from a mid-game injury.

The aerosolized substance garners renewed intrigue every so often, when team doctors douse players with it and then send them back into action, seemingly healed. So, how does the spray work, and just how magical is it?

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Steve Strouss and David K. Li

It’ll be a summery feel in Qatar for the United States’ round-of-16 match against the Netherlands.

The forecast is for 80 degrees at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EST) at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, when the Americans and Dutch kickoff. It’ll be a touch cooler, 77 degrees, by 8 p.m. locally when then final 90-minute whistle likely blows.

The open air stadiums in Qatar have been been fitted with cooling systems, to chagrin of environmentalists.

The World Cup is typically played in June and July when most of the world’s major soccer leagues are on between-season breaks. But when the tournament was awarded to Qatar, organizers agreed to move it to November and December to avoid the oppressive desert heat.

Dennis Romero

U.S. forward Christian Pulisic has been cleared to play in the team’s round-of-16 game against the Netherlands, the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team announced Friday.

Pulisic, 24, sustained a pelvic contusion relatively early in Tuesday’s match after he careened into Iran’s goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, while scoring the game’s only goal.

The USMNT had described Pulisic’s status after the game as day-to-day.

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David K. Li

An American upset over the Netherlands would bring coach Gregg Berhalter’s men to the quarterfinals and a stage rarely occupied in U.S. soccer history.

The U.S. men’s team made the semifinals of the inaugural World Cup in 1930, finishing third, behind runner-up Argentina and host and champion Uruguay.

The closest the Americans have come since that 1930 run was in 2002, when they made the quarterfinals of that tournament in South Korea and Japan.

Armelle De Oliveira and Patrick Smith

Air conditioning in huge open-air stadiums, hundreds of international flights, lots and lots of lights. 

More than a million people have traveled to Qatar for one of the planet’s biggest sporting events. But as it hosts the soccer World Cup, controversy is also descending on the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Alongside concerns over human rights, anti-LGBTQ laws and the treatment of migrant workers — issues that have dogged the tournament for years — critics say Qatar 2022 will be one of the most environmentally damaging of modern times.

Ahead of the tournament, several ecologically minded professional players signed an open letter to FIFA early this month, urging soccer’s global organizing body to ditch its contested claim that the Qatar World Cup is carbon neutral and to review its plans for next year’s Women’s World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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