USA beat Netherlands as World Cup knockout stage begins: ‘We have to give it our all’

The United States take on the Netherlands in Qatar on Saturday in the knockout stage of the World Cup.

It’s the first time the Americans will take on the Netherlands at the World Cup – and they’re facing them as underdogs. The Americans have not advanced beyond the Round of 16 since the 2002 tournament.

But captain Taylor Adams said they were ready.

“We’re going to give it our all,” Adams said. “But I think that’s where our mindset has been really, really good against some of the biggest opponents.”

The US has reached this level seven times before – most recently, in 2014.

Journalist Grant Wahl said, “America has reached this point before, but going beyond it is very rare.” “I don’t think this American team is afraid of any other team in the tournament.”

They are counting on star forward Christian Pulisic – nicknamed Captain America – who was cleared to play on Friday night after suffering a pelvic injury. The 24-year-old scored the team’s winning goal against Iran on Tuesday but was hospitalized after colliding with the goalkeeper.

Christian Pulisic attends a training session at Al Gharafa SC on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football match between Netherlands and USA on December 2, 2022 in Doha.

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He added that his “talent – and team spirit – helps him focus on the field.

“They know I’ve got their back. They’ve got mine. That’s how it works,” he said.

American players are “giving everything for each other, for this country,” he said.

“You can see all the individual talents … but without the brotherhood and without this family aspect, you know, we wouldn’t be in this position,” he said.

The match at the Khalifa International Stadium cannot end in a tie. Instead it could go into extra time – maybe even a penalty shootout.

The winning team moves on to the quarterfinals. The losing team goes home.

Defender of the US men’s national team walker zimmerman told CBS News on Friday that the team is focused on the task at hand.

“We’ve been the underdog before,” Zimmerman said. ‘US Soccer is attuned to that role, and I think that’s kind of what made our team so special, the resilience that we have, the competitive spirit that every team before us has had.

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