FOXBORO, Mass. (Sunday, May 19, 2002) - The U.S. Men’s National Team lost the final game of the “Nike Road to Korea” today, falling 2-0 to '98 World Cup semifinalist Netherlands. The loss is just the USA’s first home loss of the year and pushes their record to 9-4-1 this year.
“It was an outstanding game to play in,” said Arena. “I think the Dutch team is a little more experienced and has some better physical qualities, but I think the number of chances we created was encouraging. I’m certainly not disappointed with our performance.”
Dutch goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus’ play in net was the story of the game, as the U.S. outshot the Netherlands 18-14. But the Netherlands goalkeeper recorded 11 saves to post a score line that didn’t accurately reflect the flow of the match.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with Brad Friedel and Waterreus working to keep the scoresheets clean for 44 minutes. Holland broke the deadlock just before the stroke of halftime, with Roy Makaay pouncing on an opportunistic loose ball in the box. Eddie Pope and Makaay got tangled up in the box, and Makaay popped up first and pounced on the loose ball and was able to roll a shot past a sprawling Friedel from six yards.
Just as it appeared that the U.S. was on the verge of equalizing in the second half, the Dutch got a second goal against the run of play. “Chevrolet Man of the Match” Tony Sanneh sent a cross from the right wing that skipped across to the far post, where Cobi Jones was denied twice by a sliding Watereus at point blank range. A minute later at the other end of the field, Andy van der Meyde took advantage of a defensive miscue and dribbled around Keller before knocking the ball into the net to secure the win.
The U.S. peppered the Holland goal all afternoon long, forcing Waterreus into five saves in the first half and six saves in the second half. None of Waterreus’ saves were of the easy variety, as he did well to save a 30-yard blast from Pope in the first half, then dove to push a Landon Donovan shot out for a corner kick in the second half.
The Dutch league duo of Earnie Stewart and John O’Brien nearly combined for a beautiful goal in the second half, but again Waterreus went airborne to turn the shot away. Stewart chested down a ball from Claudio Reyna right into the path of O’Brien, and O’Brien’s put the ball on frame, but Waterreus pushed away the first-time shot.
Reyna, in his first 90-minute performance of the year with the U.S. MNT, was active in the midfield all afternoon. Waterreus came up with three fine saves to keep Reyna off of the scoresheet.
The U.S. departs for Korea and the 2002 FIFA World Cup on Thursday (May 23). Arena’s squad opens the World Cup on June 5 in Suwon against Portugal (live on ESPN2 at 5 a.m. ET). The U.S. then faces the hosts South Korea on June 10 in Daegu (live on ESPN2 at 2:30 a.m. ET), and then wraps up group play on June 14 against Poland in Daejon (live on ESPN at 7:30 a.m. ET).
GAME NOTES: Dutch striker Andy van der Meyde is a teammate of John O’Brien at Ajax Amsterdam … Dutch captain Frank de Boer extended his Dutch record with his 94th appearance … Joe-Max Moore earned his 98th career cap when he entered the match in the second half.
- U.S. Men's National Team Game Report -
Participants: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Netherlands
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: CMGI Field (Foxboro, Mass.)
Date: May 19, 2002; 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees (sunny and clear)
Scoring Summary: 1st - 2nd - Final
United States 0 - 0 - 0
Netherlands 1 - 1 - 2
NED – Roy Makaay (unassisted), 45.
NED – Andy van der Meyde (unassisted), 76.
USA - 1-Brad Friedel (18-Kasey Keller, 46); 6-David Regis (9-Joe-Max Moore, 81), 12-Jeff Agoos (3-Gregg Berhalter, 41), 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 87), 5-John O’Brien, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 8-Earnie Stewart (13-Cobi Jones, 73); 11-Clint Mathis (21-Landon Donovan, 56), 20-Brian McBride (15-Josh Wolff, 65).
Subs Not Used: 19-Tony Meola, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 16-Carlos Llamosa.
NED - 1-Ronald Waterreus; 2-Michael Reiziger (15-Fernando Ricksen, 35), 3-Jaap Stam (14-Andre Ooijer, 81), 4-Frank de Boer, 5-Arthur Numan; 6-Danny Landzaat, 7-Andy van der Meyde, 8-Edgar Davids, 9-Roy Makaay (17-Pierre van Hooijdonk, 76); 10-Philip Cocu (18-Paul Bosvelt, 76), 11-Boudewijn Zenden (12-Victor Sikora, 76).
Subs Not Used: 16-Sander Westerveld.
Statistical Summary: USA - NED
Shots: 18 - 14
Saves: 6 - 11
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Fouls: 13 - 15
Offside: 1 - 3.
NED – Jaap Stam (caution), 16.
USA – Gregg Berhalter (caution), 52.
USA – Eddie Lewis (caution), 91+.
Referee: Armando Archundia (MEX).
Assistant Referee #1: Hector Delgadillo Castaneda (MEX).
Assistant Referee #2: Alejandro Cruz Rios (MEX).
Fourth Official: Richard Grady (USA).
Chevrolet Man of Match: Tony Sanneh.