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Live Updates USA vs. Netherlands World Cup: Memphis Depay goal early

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The USA men’s national team, which featured only one player who had one World Cup experience coming into this tournament will face the Netherlands at 10 AM ET on Saturday. While many fans considered reaching the Round of 16 a success, the players don’t feel the same way. They are ready to stay and say the job is not done yet.

The USMNT – led by Christian Pulisic, who will return from injury – looks set to advance to its second quarterfinal in 20 years and third overall. But Orange is in the way. Holland’s breakaway star Cody Gakpo, 23, has found the back of the net in every game so far.

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The United States is behind for the first time at this World Cup after Memphis Depay’s goal in the 10th minute for the Netherlands. The Barcelona man made his first cross into the penalty area and beat USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner at the near post.

It is the first goal the Americans have conceded out of open play here in Qatar.

For years, Christian Pulisic bore the brunt of the USMNT’s failure to make it to the 2018 World Cup. Now, with a talented, young team, that lift is a lot lighter.

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“Frankly, this team helps me a lot to take the pressure off me,” Pulisic said Thursday. “There were times a few years ago when I might have felt like I needed to do more. But with these guys I don’t feel that way at all, to be honest. I know they’re behind me.”

DOHA, QATAR — Al Khalifa is the only stadium that also has a court, placing the seats far from the pitch. It certainly takes away some of the pre-game energy, although the USMNT fans rallied when Christian Pulisic was introduced. Lots of American flags in the stands – or people wearing flag-like shirts – along with an England banner. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

— Nancy Armor

Christian Pulisic starts for the USMNT. Jesús Ferreira will see his first minutes of the tournament, while Josh Sargent will be unavailable with an ankle injury. The USMNT will line up 25 players against the Dutch.

The Netherlands is currently struggling with a flu that is going around the team. Coach Louis van Gaal gave players the day off on Thursday instead of playing a typical 11-on-11 game.

He does not want to say how many players are involved.

Contributions: Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar — Gregg Berhalter can now admit that he was “completely unprepared” for professional football when he went to the Netherlands after college.

He would put the ball on someone’s wrong foot. And is scolded. He had a teammate who wanted balls delivered without spinning, something Berhalter struggled with. So he would be yelled at. His passes weren’t always as sharp as they needed to be. So he would get yelled at some more.

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“There were a lot of details that I missed at university that I learned in the Netherlands,” Berhalter said on Friday.

And those lessons he learned then are reflected in American men today.

It is fitting that the road from the USMNT to the quarter-finals of the World Cup is through the Netherlands, given the influence the Dutch game has had on this team.

— Nancy Armor

Like several other World Cup teams at this tournament, the Netherlands is struggling with the flu. The bug ran through the US squad last week.

Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal gave his team the day off on Thursday instead of playing a typical 11-on-11 game.

“I gave them a day of rest,” Van Gaal said on Friday. “With this group they communicate that to me. I listen to my players.”

He declined to elaborate on how many players are affected, but Van Gaal’s abandonment of the typical training schedule has sparked speculation that at least six players are ill.

“We’re not going to go into that,” he said. “But when it gets around in the group, it’s worrisome.”

Frenkie de Jong has said a scratchy throat disrupted his ability to communicate during a win over Qatar, and Marten de Roon told reporters he had a cold earlier this week.

— Associated Press

Excellent defense, Christian Pulisic and a lot of stamina are key factors for the USMNT in Saturday’s World Cup knockout match against the Netherlands.

USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armor digs into what the US needs to do to move forward to his second quarterfinal in 20 years.

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The American men have never won the World Cup. In fact, they have only been in the quarter-finals of the competition twice before.

Meanwhile, reigning champions France are trying to do something only Italy and Brazil have done before: win back-to-back FIFA World Cup men’s trophies. But the road to victory won’t be easy with their mounting list of injuries.

Here’s who USA TODAY Network reporters think they’ll be champions (disclaimer: choices were made before the tournament started):

The USMNT is guaranteed at least $13 million in prize money from this World Cup, an amount that could rise to $17 million if they beat the Netherlands in Saturday’s round of 16. Thanks to the historic collective bargaining agreement reached between US Soccer and its national teams in May, half of that prize money will go to the American women.

That’s more than what the women’s team earned in their last two championships… combined.

Signs say “yes”.

Pulisic says: “I’m doing everything I can to be on the field on Saturday.” The USMNT star was cleared to play on Friday night after undergoing training.

Pulisic fell against Iran at half-time with a pelvic contusion. He had taken a knee to the pelvis in a full-speed collision with the Iranian goalkeeper after scoring in the 1-0 victory that sent the USMNT to the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Contributing: Nancy Armor

Time: Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. ET

Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

How to watch: FOX and Telemundo or stream on fuboTV and Peacock (Spanish)

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