Adams: US match with Dutch 'enormous alternative'


AL THUMAMA, Qatar — Tyler Adams stated the United States would relish its World Cup last-16 conflict in opposition to the Netherlands after a 1-0 win over Iran secured the Individuals’ place within the knockout stage in Qatar.

Christian Pulisic‘s first-half aim was sufficient to offer the US victory in a tense win-or-go-home conflict with Iran on Tuesday.

The outcome meant the US completed second in Group B, establishing a conflict with Group A winners the Netherlands for the prospect to succeed in the quarterfinals for simply the second time within the event’s trendy period.

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“Huge opportunity for us. It’s gonna be an amazing game,” US captain Tyler Adams stated.

“I think we’ve obviously played against good competition here. Like England, the Netherlands could be another favorite to win the World Cup. They’ve done really well, how they navigated through their group phase of the tournament so far.”

Each groups didn’t qualify for the event in Russia 4 years in the past, previous to which the Netherlands completed runners-up (2010) and in third place (2014). The US reached the Spherical of 16 in 2010 and 2014 — shedding to Ghana and Belgium — and final superior to the quarterfinals in 2002, when it beat Mexico, 2-0, to get there.

“[The Netherlands has] some amazing players,” Adams stated. “We’re gonna have to be ready for that game, but I think right now we enjoy this moment, have some downtime to relax and recover now mentally focus. The coaches will come up with a game plan. It’s time for us to execute.”

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England (7 factors) certified first out of Group B with a 3-0 win in opposition to Wales. America completed second (5), with Iran third (3) and Wales fourth (1). England will play Senegal on the alternative aspect of the bracket.

“In this competition, this year especially, it’s not easy to win any game,” US center-back Tim Ream stated. “We have to really be proud of ourselves to have been able to achieve this. We’ve gotta enjoy the moment and then obviously there’s such a big turnaround, so we have think about that.”

Instant concern for the US will probably be concerning the well being of Pulisic. The star Chelsea winger suffered an stomach damage on his game-winning aim and left for the hospital for scans, based on a US Soccer spokesperson.

“Praying for him, hoping everything is okay,” Adams stated. “He’ll hang in there. I know he’ll do anything to play in the next game.”

Both means, the US can have their fingers full in opposition to a gifted Dutch aspect, although there may be purpose for optimism. Regardless of profitable the group, the Netherlands struggled offensively in opposition to each Uruguay and Senegal earlier than cruising previous host Qatar on Matchday 3.

“I always say it’s us against the world,” US winger Tim Weah stated. “Nobody believed the U.S. might play good soccer.”

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