USA VS. NETHERLANDS: USA 0 Netherlands 1 (Halftime)

The Netherlands holds a 1-0 lead over the U.S. at halftime of their friendly match at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The Dutch have had the better of play, controlling possession and displaying their passing and ball-control skills. The one goal came early in the half. A bad back-pass from Roy Wegerle allowed Ronald De Boer to bear down on the U.S. goal with only Alexi Lalas defending him. De Boer cracked a low shot from just inside the box that would have headed towards the far post that keeper Kasey Keller was guarding, but the ball deflected off the inside of Lalas' leg and rolled into the net at the near post. Keller had no chance. The U.S. struggled to gain any meaningful possession during the first half hour, but stepped up its play late in the half and was unlucky not to score in a dramatic goalmouth flurry in the 34th minute. Preki played a cross on the ground into the box from the right flank. The ball was flicked on to Joe-Max Moore, whose driven low shot was stopped by a brilliant kick-save from Dutch keeper Edwin Van Der Sar. The ball bounced towards Lalas, whose point-blank header was denied by another superb save, as Van Der Sar punched the ball away. Lalas shook the Dutch keeper's hand after the second save. The Americans have fielded a different lineup, with foreign-based Claudio Reyna, Ernie Stewart and Jovan Kirovski starting in midfield with Moore, and Preki starting up front with Roy Wegerle in place of Eric Wynalda. In addition, with Marcelo Balboa back in Colorado with his newborn son, Eddie Pope out with a foot injury and Thomas Dooley still hurt, coach Steve Sampson moved Jeff Agoos into central defense with Lalas and moved John Harkes to left back.
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