A historic moment for USA soccer as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side came from two goals down to beat the 2014 World Cup semi-finalists 4-2 in Holland on Friday.
Eager to avoid a first ever loss to the United States while preparing for next week’s EURO 2016 qualifier against Latvia, Guus Hiddink’s men pushed hard for an opener and Huntelaar found it in the 27th minute when heading home Depay’s cross. Gyasi Zardes responded six minutes later by converting a Fabian Johnson cross at the back post.
The Achilles heel of the American’s has been conceding goals in the second half and once again they gave up two quick goals at the start of the second half. First Huntelaar re-established the Dutch side’s advantage three minutes after the break by smashing home Gregory van der Wiel’s ball from the right and then Manchester United-bound winger Depay appeared to make it game over when he deflected a shot from Huntelaar past Brad Guzan.
But credit to Klinsmann and and US team, the heads did not go down after conceding that third goal. Klinsmann made some changes and when Bradley laid on a beautiful pass to free DeAndre Yedlin and his cross was turned in by an unmarked Brooks at the back post.
Dutch nerves were on edge as the US continued to create chances and the Amsterdam Arena was silenced when De Jong sliced Daniel Williams’ attempt past goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to level things up in the 89th minute.
All that was left was for Erzgebirge Aue striker Wood to drill the ball into the Dutch net 20 seconds into time added on, sealing a historic victory for the Americans.
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