The Netherlands will seek revenge as they take on the United States in a pivotal Group E match at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand.
Four years ago in Lyon, the United States topped the Dutch 2-0 to win the 2019 final through goals by Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle
With a rematch on hand, the two sides sit in largely different situations. The Netherlands sports many of the same stars that played in that final four years ago, with the spine of the team mostly intact. Meanwhile, the United States has ushered in a completely new backbone of youth, with most of the team from that trophy-winning squad on its way out.
Yet it’s the retooled U.S. that remains alone atop the FIFA rankings, while the Dutch have dropped two spots since then, from seventh to ninth. So, while they seek revenge, the U.S. will continue a push towards a historic three-peat, not haunted by ghosts of the past.
USA vs Netherlands odds
As overall top tournament favorites and ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA, the United States are understandably going to be favorites in nearly all single matches throughout this tournament unless they are devastated by injuries or put forth a string of poor performances.
They are indeed favorites here, but not nearly to the level we’ve seen them labeled as of late, owing to the top European talent in this Netherlands squad.
Goals are thought to be at a premium here, as both teams earned shutout victories in their opening matches, and neither unleashed an onslaught of goals upfront
USA vs Netherlands Game Details
- Date: Thursday, July 27
- Kickoff Time: 9 p.m. ET (Wed, July 26) / 2 a.m. BST / 11 a.m. AEST
- Location: Wellington Regional Stadium (Wellington, New Zealand)
- Official: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
- Last meeting: USA 2-2 Netherlands (July 30, 2021 | Olympic quarterfinals)
USA vs Netherlands projected lineups & team news
USA head coach Vlatko Andonovski made two tweaks to his strongest lineup against Vietnam, with Rose Lavelle coming off the bench and Julie Ertz slotted into central defense. Here against the toughest group opponent they’ll face, we’ll see the strongest possible XI for the United States and the one we’re likely to see moving forward through the tournament.
As far as those two players are concerned, Ertz should move into midfield as Alana Cook enters to partner Naomi Girma at the back. Lavelle, meanwhile, played 30 minutes against Vietnam, a very positive sign for her as she returns to full fitness from a knee injury. It remains to be seen whether she’ll be fit for a start here, but she could likely go at least an hour.