After opening the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win over Vietnam, the US Women’s National Team will now head to Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-tara to face the Netherlands on July 27 in the second match of Group E (1 pm NZT; July 26 at 9 pm ET on FOX, Teleamund and Peocock Universo and Peocock).
The Americans and Dutch, who famously met in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, France, enter the game in Wellington tied in Group E with three points each.
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The Netherlands opened the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Portugal in Group E on July 23 at the Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin/Otepoti.
The Netherlands scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute when veteran defender Stefanie van der Gragt got on the end of a corner and put her header low and back across the goal, as it went past the Portuguese goalkeeper and into the net. After a lengthy VAR review for possible foul play, the goal was disallowed and the Dutch took an early lead on a chilly evening on the east coast of the South Island.
The Dutch were better tonight, outscoring the Portuguese 12-2 overall and had a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal. A hard-fought battle between European foes, the game featured 22 fouls and three yellow cards, one for Holland midfielder Danielle van de Donk, as well as cautions for Portuguese defender Diana Gomes and forward Jessica Silva.
WE meet again
Thursday’s group match in Wellington marks the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history that the two rivals from the previous tournament will meet in the group stage. The United States and the Netherlands met in the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, a 2-0 victory for the United States after goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle.
After a goalless first half, the Americans got on the scoresheet just over an hour after van der Gragt kicked Alex Morgan in the upper body inside the penalty area and the USA were awarded a penalty.
Megan Rapinoe stepped up to the point and fired her effort in the 61st minute for her sixth goal of the tournament. The U.S. doubled their lead just eight minutes later when Samantha Mewis found Rose Lavelle in midfield and the crafty Cincinnati native put together a stunning run, culminating in a long-range blast that beat Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal’s puck to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
Rapinoe and Lavelle became the seventh and eighth Americans to score in a World Cup final, while Alyssa Naeher and the U.S. defense kept a clean sheet in the win, their fourth of the tournament. Naeher became the fifth goalkeeper in history to earn a shutout in a Women’s World Cup final.
STANDING HISTORY: USA vs. NETHERLANDS
The United States and the Netherlands have played 10 times before and their third meeting at a major tournament. The USA leads the overall standings with eight wins, one draw and one loss (8W-1D-1L), with the only loss to the Dutch coming in a 4-3 loss in the first meeting between the teams in 1991. Since then, the USA is unbeaten in its last nine games against the Netherlands, although each of the last six meetings between the teams has been decided by two goals or less.
The teams last met in the quarterfinals at the delayed Tokyo Olympics, where the U.S. defeated the Netherlands 4-2, tied 2-2 after overtime, in a dramatic penalty shootout to advance to the Olympic semifinals. In a wild back-and-forth game, the Dutch took the lead in the 18th minute with a strike from prolific striker Vivianne Miedema, who is missing from the World Cup after tearing her ACL in April 2023 while playing for Arsenal FC in the Women’s Super League, leveled again for the Netherlands in the 54th minute and the teams exchanged 120 minutes of free-kicks. time The USA also had four goals disallowed by the narrowest of margins due to offsides.
Naeher had a huge performance for the USA in goal, saving two penalties in the shootout as well as another penalty late in regulation to force overtime. Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Rapinoe all converted penalties for the US, while Naeher denied Miedema on the Netherlands’ first try and Aniek Nouwen on their fourth.
Thursday’s match in Wellington will be the USA’s 23rd-ever match against a UEFA Women’s World Cup opponent. The USA has won its last six World Cup games against European foes and is 18W-1D-3L all-time in World Cup games against UEFA.
WITHIN THE PERSONNEL
Head coach Andries Jonker, who previously served as Holland’s interim coach in 2001, was appointed head coach in August 2022 following the team’s loss in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Women’s Championship. Of the 23 players Jonker selected for the 2023 World Cup, 12 were part of the 2019 World Cup squad that finished second to the United States and 13 were on the Netherlands’ 22-man roster for the delayed 2021 Olympics.
Despite the absence of Miedema – the nation’s all-time leading scorer, the Netherlands boast a wealth of international experience, led by midfielder Sherida Spitse, who has 217 caps for her country and is one of the most capped players in international women’s football. Forward Lieke Martens has 146 national matches and is the top scorer on this list with 59 national matches in his career. Midfielder Danielle van de Donk, who plays alongside American Lindsey Horan at Olympique Lyon and van der Gragt, also has over 100 caps, while midfielder Jackie Groenen could also join the 100-cap club if she faces the USA on July 27.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Netherlands have nine players on this 2023 World Cup roster with fewer than 20 caps, including two youngsters in 17-year-old midfielder Wieke Kaptein and 19-year-old forward Esmee Brugts, who came on against Portugal and became the second-youngest player to represent the Netherlands at a Women’s World Cup.
NETHERLANDS Women’s World Cup by position
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Daphne van Domselaar (Aston Villa LFC, ENG), 16-Lize Kop (AFC Ajax), 23-Jacintha Anouchka Weimar (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Defenders (7): 2-Lynn Anke Hannie Wilms (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), 3-Stefanie van der Gragt (Unattached), 4-Aniek Nouwen (Chelsea FC, ENG), 5-Merel van Dongen (Atlético Madrid, ESP), 15-Caitlin Dijkstra (FC Casparij-Keyster), 2. Janssen (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany)
Midfielders (8): 6-Jill Roord (Manchester City, ENG), 8-Sherida SPITSE (AFC Ajax), 10-Daniëlle van de Donk (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), 12-Jill Baijings (FC Bayern Munich, Germany), 14-Jackie Groenen (Paris Saint-Germain, 17, FRA, ENG), Pelsen 17, FRA, 17. -Wieke Kaptein (FC Twente), 21-Damaris Egurrola (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
Forwards (5): 7-Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus, ITA), 9-Katja Snoeijs (Everton FC, ENG), 11-Lieke Martens (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), 13-Renate Jansen (FC Twente), 22-Esmee Brugts (unattached)
ROAD DOWN UNDER
The Netherlands qualified for their third consecutive Women’s World Cup by winning UEFA Qualifying Group C, securing the group stage with a 1-0 win in Iceland on 6 September. The Netherlands went undefeated in qualifying and posted an overall record of 6W-2D-0L in Group C while outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 313. Both Dutch sides drew against the Czech Republic, 1-1 in September 2021 and 2-2 later in November before making it three wins in a row to close out the qualifiers.
The Netherlands made their debut at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and advanced to the knockout stages as one of the top third-placed teams, where they fell to runners-up Japan in the round of 16.
In 2019, after a stunning win at UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, the Netherlands won all three of their Group E matches before defeating Japan 2-1 in the last 16, Italy 2-0 in the quarter-finals and Sweden 1-0 in extra time in the semi-final to clinch the championship against the United States.