It’s a matchup that many projected to be a potential Olympic gold medal match, except it’s happening at the quarterfinal stage: No. 1-ranked U.S. women’s national team facing No. 4-ranked Netherlands in a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final.
That last competitive matchup went the way of the USA, 2-0 winners, but the Dutch look like the stronger team in Japan based on group play, scoring a tournament high 21 goals so far. Meanwhile, the USWNT struggled in the group stage and finished second in its group after a win (vs. New Zealand), loss (vs. Sweden) and draw (vs. Australia).
The management of player minutes and conservative tactics by U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski during the tournament have led to plenty of debate among fans and that theme will continue in this quarterfinal with a starting lineup that will surprise many for some prominent absences.
Sporting News will be following the event and providing live scores, updates and highlights from the big quarterfinal match.
USWNT vs. Netherlands live score
NED: Vivianne Miedema – 18th min
USA: Sam Mewis (Lynn Williams) – 28th min
USA: Lynn Williams – 31st min
NED: Vivianne Miedema – 54th min
(All times Eastern)
101st min (Extra Time): The USWNT give the ball away and Vivianne Miedema almost got a shot off, but Julie Ertz with the fantastic defensive play in the box to thwart her.
99th min (Extra Time): Best play of the extra time by the USWNT. Lavelle feeds Rapinoe on the left and the winger weaves her way into the box and fires into the side netting.
95th min (Extra Time): Incredible. The Dutch put the ball in the net on the corner! But it’s called back for offside. Unbelievable double bounce on the crossbar and the Dutch push it over the line, but the players were offside.
94th min (Extra Time): Fantastic sliding challenge in the box by Crystal Dunn, who gave up the corner.
91st min (Extra Time): Miedema fires the first warning shot in the extra period and it’s high. Then she follows it up with another shot that’s right at the goalkeeper.
Regulation: USWNT 2, Netherlands 2
End of Regulation: Not a good second half from the USWNT. The Dutch were better and had the chance to win it on the penalty kick. The Americans can’t seem to get into an attacking flow despite the subs. It’s almost as if they’re waiting on someone to make a play and no one has shown the magic touch so far.
95th min: USWNT can’t capitalize on one last free kick into the box from Megan Rapinoe and we’re headed to extra time.
90th min: Extra time looms after a U.S. corner kick goes to waste. There will be five minutes of stoppage time.
87th min: Great goalkeeping by Alyssa Naeher, who comes off her line to snag the ball off the feet of Lineth Beerensteyn.
86th min: And now Danielle van de Donk with a header that just misses the right post. The Dutch are more dangerous than the USA even though the Americans have the fresher legs up top.
83rd min: The Dutch are not discouraged and just missed the USA’s right post with a shot from outside the box.
81st min: Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher with the penalty-kick save! Martens goes low right and Naeher read it the whole way. Still 2-2.
80th min: Penalty for Netherlands! Lineth Beerensteyn is brought down in the box by Kelley O’Hara and Lieke Martens steps up to take it.
77th min: Lindsey Horan gets a yellow card for a lunging tackle on Danielle van de Donk in midfield.
74th min: The USWNT have been poking and prodding in attack but can’t seem to find a way through.
64th min: SUB – Now it’s Megan Rapinoe coming into the match for Tobin Heath. There are now fresh legs across the entire USWNT front line.
63rd min: As the Dutch make a substitution, the USWNT scores a goal, but it’s ruled offside. Christen Press scored on the cross by Lindsey Horan and Press looked just off. That’s a seventh goal called back for offside.
61st min: USWNT on the break and Rose Lavelle feeds Christen Press wide left. Her shot is saved comfortably by the Dutch ‘keeper.
58th min: SUBS – Triple sub for USA: Lynn Williams, Sam Mewis and Carli Lloyd all come off, with Christen Press, Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan coming in.
54th min: Netherlands scores! We go from a near goal for the USA to an equalizer by the Dutch. And, of course, it’s Miedema who gets away from Abby Dahlkemper and unleashes a shot that goes through the legs of Julie Ertz and skips past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Her Olympic goals record is now in double digita – 10 goals.
53rd min: What a play by Lindsey Horan! She controls and turns at goal on the left and her ball into Carli Lloyd is perfect, but Lloyd can’t put it away. Great chance for the USA
46th min: We’re underway in the second half. The USWNT is 45 minutes away from an Olympic semifinal against Canada.
Halftime Score: USWNT 2, Netherlands 1
Halftime: Lynn Williams is the story of the first half with a goal and assist in her first 2021 Olympic start. Her decision making in the final third has been excellent and the end-product has been even better. The Americans need to keep an eye on Vivianne Miedema, who looks like she has more goals in her. The Dutch are still in this game, and the shots (7-6 for USA) and possession are fairly even. But this has been a confident performance thus far by the USWNT and it was telling that the team was unfazed when it conceded the early goal.
43rd min: Miedema with a header on goal off a corner that’s caught by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Making her 100th appearance for the Netherlands, Miedema continues to be the primary scoring threat although the wingers are busy, too.
39th min: The USWNT firing shots in the box, but can’t get a clean look. Crystal Dunn joining the attack on this instance. We knew the Dutch were vulnerable defensively and the USWNT is so far proving that to be true.
31st min: And now Lynn Williams scores! The USWNT takes the 2-1 lead after a U.S. corner kick bounces in the Dutch box and Williams turns on the loose ball to score.
28th min: And just as we say that, the USWNT scores! Lynn Williams with a beautiful move down the right and she sends a cross that Sam Mewis crouches down to head home. Well-crafted goal.
27th min: No response from the USWNT just yet. The Netherlands have also gone quiet.
18th min: Disaster for the USA. Olympic top scorer Vivianne Miedema scores on her second touch of the game. The ball was bouncing around in the U.S. box and she pounced on it. A scorer’s finish and her Olympic record 9th goal.
14th min: USWNT hits the post! Technically it was the Dutch ‘keeper who pushed a Lindsey Horan downward header against the right post. The cross came from Lynn Williams.
10th min: USWNT scores, but it’s offside. Julie Ertz sent Tobin Heath into the box and she put it inside the side netting, but Heath was barely offside on the pass.
7th min: Positive touch by Lynn Williams into the box and it helps the USWNT earn a corner kick, though nothing comes of it. The USA has been controlling possession early on.
Things happen when you start Lynn Williams 😤
Loving this start from the #USWNT .
Let’s get it!
— Jacob Schneider (@_jacobschneider) July 30, 2021
1st min: We’re off. USWNT in its white kits and the Dutch in classic orange kits.
6:26 a.m.: The match airs at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Arlo White and Julie Foudy on the call:
Here we go. Win or go home in Yokohama.
The Olympic quarter-final between @USWNT & the Netherlands is live on NBCSN at 7am ET, with Julie Foudy.
— Arlo White 💙 (@arlowhite) July 30, 2021
5:47 a.m.: This lineup is going to be a topic of discussion if the USWNT doesn’t pull this off against the Dutch:
USWNT vs. Netherlands starting lineups
U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski named an interesting lineup for the do-or-die quarterfinal against the Netherlands with Lynn Williams getting the start ahead of Christen Press. Also, star players Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe are starting on the bench, likely due to their yellow card warning status. Should either receive a caution card in the quarterfinal, they would be forced to sit out an eventual semifinal.
Starters (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher — 2-Crystal Dunn, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 3-Samantha Mewis, 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan — 7-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 21-Lynn Williams
Substitutes: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 14-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kristie Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Sitting out: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 20-Casey Krueger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Catarina Macario
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Sari van Veenendaal-GK — 17-Dominique Janssen, 4-Aniek Nouwen, 3-Stefanie van der Gragt, 2-Lynn Wilms — 10-Danielle van de Donk, 14-Jackie Groenen, 6-Jill Roord — 11-Lieke Martens, 9-Vivianne Miedema, 7-Shanice van de Sanden
Substitutes: 16-Lize Kop-GK, 5-Merel van Dongen, 21-Anouk Dekker, 15-Kika van Es, 13-Victoria Pelova, 18-Lineth Beerensteyn, 19-Renate Jansen
Sitting out: 22-Loes Geurts-GK, 20-Inessa Kaagman, 12-Sisca Folkertsma, 8-Joelle Smits
How to watch USWNT vs. Netherlands Olympic soccer
- Date: Friday, July 30
- Time: 7 a.m. ET
- TV channels: NBCSN
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo
- Streaming: fuboTV , NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app (with user authentication)
USA vs. Netherlands will air live on NBCSN and Telemundo at 7 a.m. ET. Both networks are available to be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .
All Olympic soccer matches are also streamed in the USA on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app — all with user authentication.