Stunner: USA 0 Netherlands 3 at Under-20 Women's World Cup

The USA fell to the Netherlands, 3-0, in their second match at the 2022 Under-20 Women's World Cup.

The loss leaves the USA in danger of failing to reach the knockout stage at the U-20 World Cup for the second straight tournament.

The USA needs to beat Japan, the defending champion and winner of its first two games with shutout victories, by two goals on Wednesday to be assured of advancing to the quarterfinals.

Group D Standings:
1. Japan, 6 points (3-0)
2. Netherlands, 3 points (3-1)
3. USA, 3 points (3-3)
4. Ghana, 0 points (0-5)

Sanne Koopman (header off redirected corner kick), Dana Foederer (shot from 30 yards) and Marit Auée (penalty kick following a foul by captain Talia DellaPeruta on Danique Noordman) built the 3-0 Dutch lead after 62 minutes. Despite a DOGSO red card to Samantha Van Diemen for a foul on U.S. star Michelle Cooper in the 82th minute, the Oranje U-20s held on for a 3-0 win.

Cooper was one of three subs brought on at the start of the second half, but they could not turn the match around.

The USA entered the game with 12 wins and one tie in 2022. The tie came on the final day of this summer's Sud Ladies Cup in France against the Netherlands. The U.S. U-20s won all seven games at the 2022 Concacaf championship, but it is a big step from Concacaf to the world stage. (Canada has lost its first two games and already been eliminated.)

The USA won world championships in 2002, 2008 and 2012 but has had an increasingly difficult time at recent tournaments, finishing with 2-1-1, 2-2-2 and 1-1-1 records at the last three events. (The 2020 U-20 World Cup was canceled due to the pandemic.)

The only other time the U.S. U-20s have lost a game by as many as three goals came in 2012 when they turned things around after losing to Germany 3-0 in the group stage and beat Germany 1-0 in the final.

Aug. 14 in San Jose
USA 0 Netherlands 3. Goals: Koopman 32, Foederer 55, Auee pen. 62.
USA -- Purcell, Oke (Mason, 46), Flynn, Reale, Guidry; DellaPeruta, Moultrie (Lageyre, 67), Shaw, Byars (Thompson, 46), Sentnor (Cooper, 46), Kitahata (Jackson, 67)
Netherlands -- Alkemade; Everaerts, Auee, Van Diemen, Koeleman; Foederer, Noordman (Hulswit, 65), Van Gool; Rijsbergen (Nijstad, 84), Koopman (Hulst, 46), Henry (Van Bentem, 84).
Red Card: Netherlands -- Van Diemen 82.
Referee: Yujeong Kim (South Korea).

Photo: Daniela Porcelli/SPP, Imago via ZUMA Press/ISI Photos

39 comments about "Stunner: USA 0 Netherlands 3 at Under-20 Women's World Cup".
  1. Hal Barnes, August 15, 2022 at 4:02 a.m.

    That coach, who looks like she couldn't run 10 meters and I'm trying to be nice, should be summarily fired within minutes of the end of that match. Not starting your best 11 before you are through is idiotic especially in a world cup.  How stupid.


  2. Bob Ashpole replied, August 15, 2022 at 6:24 a.m.

    I thought the dumbest coaching move was to switch Moultrie to playing deep on the left until she switched Moultrie to a 10 position after 42 minutes. In the first match most of the connecting was done by the keeper, Cooper, and Moultrie. The keeper and Cooper started on the bench, and right-footed Moultrie was poorly placed.

  3. stewart hayes replied, August 15, 2022 at 11:57 a.m.

    We don't judge the Wooden's or Madden's of this world on their looks, nor should we.  The only time the coach looks bad is when the team does not perform as they should.

  4. Santiago 1314, August 15, 2022 at 6:09 a.m.

    Stunning.???... Nah, Stupid... Those that Don't know History, are DOOMED To Repeat it.!!!! ... She should ask Ggg about Rotating SIX Players.!!!

  5. Sean Guillory, August 15, 2022 at 6:20 a.m.

    The goal keeping at the women's level is horrible.  All you have to do is chip it over their heads.

  6. David Crowther replied, August 15, 2022 at 6:44 a.m.

    You obviously have not been watching much of this cup, since the goalkeeping has actually mostly been quite good.  The European keepers in particular have all been really good, as have the Korean and Japanese keepers.  I would have added the Canadian keeper if not for her blunder on the third French goal.  The German keeper has even been one of the stars of the cup so far after coming out on top of all 6 one-on-one breakaways she's faced, in addition to several spectacular saves (which tells you something about the quality of the German defense).  The one notable exception is the Costa Rican keeper, who was a late call up from their U17 squad when the normal U20 starter got injured.  But even she hasn't given up easy chips over her head.

  7. Peter Bechtold replied, August 15, 2022 at 9:19 a.m.

    You beat me to it,Sean. How can a "national" team keeper be this poor ? 

  8. David Crowther, August 15, 2022 at 6:29 a.m.

    It's not just the US.  This has been a disaster of a tournament for Concacaf.  Canada has been very poor and Costa Rica is clearly outmatched (its a pity that this generation of Ticas is significantly weaker than the one that would have played had this cup taken place as originally scheduled in 2020). The only country from this region that has played reasonably well is Mexico and they don't have the points to show for it becuase of an inability to turn their clear superority in both games into goals.  Meanwhile, though the Europeans disappointed in their first games, they all improved significanly in their second and now must be considered favorites to win the cup, perhaps along with Japan (assuming they can overcome their own goal scoring issues).

  9. Bob Ashpole, August 15, 2022 at 6:59 a.m.

    I wasn't happy with the team play in the first match and thought that a couple of players stood out. Now I know that my impression of the team was correct. A couple of players have potential to play on the senior team and the coach benched 2 of them for the game against Netherlands. Duh. This match leads me to believe that most of the field players are so uncomfortable on the ball that they lack vision if faced with any pressure. Moultrie and Cooper are exceptions. I didn't notice any others.

    Both teams looked bad at the start of the first half. The play was disgustingly bad. Nothing but kick and run and I a slew of bad decisions, bad passes, and bad touches. In the first 10 minutes the US had only 2 sequences. Not good ones either. After awhile I was wondering when the coach was going to tell her players to stop dribbling. It was was looking like soccer before passing was invented. The play wasn't even up to U10 rec standards. The US looked bad defending too.

    In hindsight it appears that the Dutch were playing down to our level in the first half. They played better after about the first 30 minutes.

    Santi: I agree that the coach messed up on the game plan. She needed to start the same players. The keeper switch cost us big time, and I don't mean just on the goals. In the first game the keeper was the "playmaker" enabling the team to play out of the back. The new keeper played badly in every aspect, not just saves.

    Sean, don't condemn all women keepers just because of this match. From your comment I suspect that you don't watch much women's international soccer, or even the US match 3 days ago with Ghana. While that keeper was challenged hard, she was far better than horrible.

  10. Santiago 1314 replied, August 15, 2022 at 10:24 a.m.

    I was with you on the 1st Game "Play"... I was Hoping she was "Holding Out" some Starting Players... Not sure there was That Much Difference, between the Subs and the 1st Game Starters...
    But SIX PLAYERS.!?!?!?  ... Kills your "Pattern of Play" Development... They have already "Rotated" 5 Players from the CONcacaCrApF tournament...  If she Really thought there were 6 better Players, she should have Started them against Ghana. Then Rotate from there....
    Rotation should be from Injury, Suspension, Fatigue... It Occurs NATURALLY.. Once in aWhile, for Tactical Reasons... NOT JUST TO "LET EVERYONE PLAY".!!!!   I wonder if that was the Reason.???
    Did she have some sort of a Mandate from USSF, to get Everyone at Least One Start, So they can "Track" the Players History.??? ... Sorry, This is the Frigin WORLD CUP.. Any Age Group... You PLAY TO WIN.!!!

  11. Anthony Petgrave, August 15, 2022 at 7:35 a.m. my eye, apart from the shambolic coaching, our ladies are not in "footballing" shape.

    The coach failed to recognize the pattern of the game and adjust accordingly. OUR passi g has bern poor at best, same for the 1st match, and WE were being overrun in the midfield, yet there was no adjustment,  just reverted to route 1; it always appeared as if the Dutch had an extra player wherever WE had the ball, and our ladies insisted on drilling into 2 or 3 defenders.

    Football is merciless,  you get what you earn,  not what you expect or deserve. I think iits 3 and out for our girls, 'cause I can't see Japan allowing a 2 goal loss, not with how they control play, jmho.

  12. Santiago 1314 replied, August 15, 2022 at 9:41 a.m.

    Anthony, we Looked very Sluggish and Un-Athletic... Same Shape Too Many of our 1st Team Players have... Too Heavy in the Turning Radius. ... that kind of "Anaylsis" gets you FIRED by the NWSL Spanish Inquisition Commitee.!!!!

  13. R2 Dad, August 15, 2022 at 9:20 a.m.

    The revenge of the Michelle French squad of Nats coaches. Seems like old times.

  14. Santiago 1314 replied, August 15, 2022 at 10:17 a.m.

    R2... Refresh my Memory on that one.??? Sux getting OLD>..!?!?!?  :(

  15. R2 Dad replied, August 15, 2022 at 12:22 p.m.

    From 2013-2017 MF honed the best womens U20 kickball squad she could find.

  16. Santiago 1314 replied, August 16, 2022 at 9:27 p.m.

    R2... I guess your Implying that she is Responsible for the Current Crop of "Battleships" that we have on the USWNT Roster.???... I'm sorry for being Honest, but having Soccer Players that look more like Softball Players is Not going to give you the Twitchy, Quick Footed players that Soccer Requires... You can't carry the Freshmen15 + the COVID30 and Compete at this Level... Just look at the Frame of USA players versus those of Holland, France, Germany, Japan, Brazil... Run a 10k with a 15 pound Vest On ???... Your not going to come out the Winner.!!!

  17. Bob Ashpole replied, August 17, 2022 at 1:05 a.m.

    Santi: Maradona. Short legs and low center of gravity helps.

    Most soccer players have strong legs and lower back. After that it is training. Acceleration is something that can be improved. So are ball skills, but few players developed in the US has good ball skills. So they turbo.

    Finally women have at least 4 different types of hips. So talking about a women athlete's body shape is a tricky subject. They look different and move different. This isn't track, so how a women plays is a lot more important than what type of hips she has. Unless of course you want a track star for a player and then you pick only the women with male type hips.

    Personally I think being able to run really fast in a straight line is highly over rated. They are easy to beat by controlling the movements so that their speed advantage never is a factor. Brain beats feet every time.

  18. Santiago 1314 replied, August 17, 2022 at 11:31 p.m.

    Bob, I'll Stand by my Point... Softball Players are Not Very Good Soccer Players.!!!

  19. frank schoon, August 15, 2022 at 9:49 a.m.

    I'm not into women's soccer for obvious reasons due to the quality of play, likewise neither do I watch the MLS.  But what I do watch for is the gestallt of the game as it applies to the coaching/development of the players and how that is progressing.

    In the first 10min. of the game, the passing was atrocious on both sides. Even after the game got better, the 'beyond medium range passes' had often too much weight on it, asking yourself, when is the next bus coming? Passes like that in a dutch men's games are totally unacceptable for that level.  Crowds and tv commentators alike would show their displeasure and would question the player's abilities. But in American soccer, men or women, 'WTF passes', or 'who is that suppose to go to' are acceptable to the business at hand, nobody makes a fuss about it.  We are not critical of our soccer other than if we lose a game but not about the details of how we carry out the game.

    Women somehow lack a good touch on the ball, and that is often displayed in their body contortions after passing. It looks like their whole body or hips are in a cast of some sort or while on the run their timing is off when passing. And last night I became aware that American women suffer more from that than the dutch women ,which is a reflection of how well they are trained and developed and WHO they are taught by. 

    I think American coaches needs to spend a much more time on TENNIS soccer than they otherwise do. As a kid in Holland in the street soccer kids spend plenty of time passing back and forth to each other in the streets and also using the walls to pass against. How often do you see kidS today passing or shooting against a wall or to each other.
    Tennis soccer also helps develop touch in heading for heading in tennis soccer is not about heading the ball with force but allowing to either glance off the head over the net or let it drop as short distance over the net. These are technical aspects our players don't have, and sorry to say that is due to our lousy training developing by our coaches, who are certified and licensed....
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  20. frank schoon, August 15, 2022 at 10:47 a.m.

    I read complaints that we should not have rotated our players, or whatever. It is not about rotation but about gestallt...Look at how we play as compared to the dutch. Our style always applies our athleticism to beat players, there needs to be a rush, a quickness, as R2 puts it " able to outrun, outshoot and outhustle the opponents".  Did anyone noticed what those two talking magpies commentators stated about needing more to our game than just having a couple 'athletic' wingers taking on an opponenet 1v1.

    When the Dutch have ball possession, they show a poise, they allow the US attackers to come very close allowing us to over -commit and then pass the ball off, behind us to an open men in an open space. They are not interested in taking a 50meter dash down field to beat an opponent(s), they leave that to the Americans who end up losing the ball in a dash like that to 2 or 3 dutch defenders. The dutch pass the ball around in triangles waiting for us to committ than pass the ball forward to another player behind the US players. Their whole game has a purpose and thinking element behind it which makes watching the dutch team interesting to watch.

    The dutch are better at moving and controlling the ball as a team. They don't make running attacking forays unless they are near our own third but before that it is all team oriented play, moving the ball into open space, drawing us in then passing into space we left behind. They look more mature in their actions and thinking the game. We lack this SOPHISTICATION of play which I blame directly to the lousy coaching and training, methods and not to any 'rotation' methods or some other excuse. 

    Look at the dutch players, thin and lanky, athletic looking then compare them to some of the American players of whom some are build like tanks, heavy thighs, big rear ends, not build for quickness but for power. The dutch could never play physical against the American players and that's why the dutch have to play a more thinking ,smart type of game.

  21. P T replied, August 17, 2022 at 10:58 a.m.

    Agree with your points of ball movement, passing, etc. I am more terse in my response but think you flushed out the problems in elegant details. 

  22. frank schoon, August 15, 2022 at 11:08 a.m.

    Note how the dutch girls shield and protect the ball on the dribble against the stronger physical American players and quickly pass the ball off when needed.   I think our parents of girls who play soccer here have been shown away to play that you don't need athleticism but smarts and skills.  

    IT SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR THE PARENTS. It shows us the current failure of our coaching and HOW we play, which is very unsophisticated. I think the more we follow the style of the  dutch in playing the more girls can be added to our player pool who don't apply physical soccer. The way we play currently cannot continue for it is becoming too obvious that this  NEANDERTHAL approach needs to change.

    The problem right now is that our training academies teaches this NEANDERTHAL approach to soccer and the parents are spending MONEY for this. And what scares me is noone in the ruling circles are even talking about this. As far as I can see we'll continue playing like this and continue our jolly 'athletic' ways...

  23. R2 Dad replied, August 15, 2022 at 12:35 p.m.

    Frank, American parents prefer yappy coaches who like to tell everyone what to do. Coaches that ask players to think are too cerebral for parents. They want to hear they are getting their moneys worth in training and during matches. I know, there may be some decent coaches out there who can transcend the meta, but they are few and far inbetween. I asked my college-aged kid what had changed from the time he started U6 and he said "Nothing has changed--it's all the same drills, same coaches, same babysitting".

  24. frank schoon replied, August 15, 2022 at 1:31 p.m.

    R2, your kids are right....

  25. stewart hayes replied, August 15, 2022 at 2:49 p.m.

    Yep we were schooled last night by the Dutch.  We have the players who can play like them but the coach did not select them.  With rhe physical and technical qualites of the players the USA has selected, the tactics are wrong.  This group has to play higher pressure all over the field and basically play a more direct cup style to take advantge of their strengths.  

    Slowing the game down will not work for this group.  Not against teams like the Dutch.  In this game, they honestly did not penetrate sufficiently to deserve the 3-0 score.  Their goals were not 'clear opportunities'.  I don't doubt that their second header off the corner was planned nor the shot from distance but they were goals that are scored perhaps once in 20 shots.  

    Our keeper was aggressively positioned out of the goal and was almost caught earlier in the game when a long ball from the Dutch defense landed near midfield, as I recal, and there was a scramble.  If it had fallen nicely for their forward our keeper could have been exposed that time as well.  At this level I am sure the Dutch were looking to take advanage of her aggressive positionlng.  So while the Duch deserved to win by making the most of their opportunities.  We had plenty also.   Several early through balls that were too heavy and many shots be we obviouly failed to shoot or cross the ball effectively.  

    I hope the coach develops a better plan for the players she has so we can get 3 points and two goals against the Japanese.  

  26. frank schoon replied, August 15, 2022 at 4:05 p.m.

    Stewart, You totally missed the point. Your basic overal explanation is fixated on the goals scored which to you were not 'clear opportunities', 'the dutch did not penetrate sufficiently to even deserve these goals', etc. That is your way of expaining away the US loss. I say, who cares about these stupid goals, they were worthless and you're right ,lucky goals. The game could have been a zero to zero tie. 

    The point that I'm making is the dutch play a much better brand of soccer than the US, due to how they learned  and developed. You say we have players like the dutch players, but what good does that do  when they are not trained and developed like the dutch. The dutch have a more sophisticated style, that doesn't take into account the 'athleticism' the Americans depend on so much. As a matter of fact the dutch could not even try to compete with the Americans  applying 'athleticism and more physical sense of play, they'll get their butts beaten. The dutch are not build that way and therefore, they are more predicated to play smart soccer with technique which American players lack. 

    To say we have girls like the dutch, is really meaningless for they are not developed and taught like the dutch. And furthermore what does that mean ' we have girls like the dutch"?

  27. stewart hayes replied, August 15, 2022 at 4:47 p.m.

    Ok, I understand your point and I agree.  It was obvious to the observer.  You don't understand mine.  We cannot play like the Dutch because our players have not grown up watching and playing and being coached to soccer played that way.  I get it Frank. 

    My main point is we should play the way the players chosen to represent the u20 USWNT have learned to play.  The team we have cannot play like Spain or Japan.  Play our style, impose it on the opponent with confidence. 

    You need to watch more women playing soccer in the USA.  I've seen and played with many who can hold the ball with confidence like the Dutch.   So yes we do have them, unquestionably yes.

    All this is a discussion for another day. 

    August 17 the USA must impose it's will on the Japanese team and play like they really mean it from front to back.  I have not seen that yet but I hope they can bring it.

  28. David Crowther replied, August 15, 2022 at 4:59 p.m.

    Frank, if you were impressed by the Dutch team play, just wait until you watch Japan.  They did to the Dutch what the Dutch did to the US.  The problem of course is too much of that impressive Japanese midfield play doesn't translate into goals.

    I will say that after watching the women Euros, there is a huge overall dropoff in quality in this tournament.  While its normal that a senior tournament is going to have better quality of play than a U20 tournament, whether it be in men's or women's football, I've never noticed such a huge difference as has been apparent this year.  Too many of these U20 teams can't even string 3 passes together.

  29. frank schoon replied, August 15, 2022 at 5:10 p.m.

    Stewart, "I've seen and played with many who can hold the ball with confidence like the Dutch." You know that might true, let us say,  but that is only one tiny little aspect to HOW the dutch making their game sophisticated. There are much more factors involved for a dutch player who has confidence on the ball to be effective, and functional  within the confines  of how the team functions in manner of play. 
    That is the important aspect but having a having players that can do what a dutch players are able to do is really meaningless....

  30. frank schoon replied, August 15, 2022 at 5:13 p.m.

    David , I didn't see the Japanese game so I can't comment on it.  But before the US game the announcer stated a stat the the dutch out shot the Japanese by large number of attempts...So I just wonder....I wlll look at the Youtube to see...

  31. Jim Paglia, August 15, 2022 at 12:39 p.m.

    Having watched their first game, I was concerned that the U.S. looked highly vulnerable. Against the Netherlands the team looked tactically befuddled which was a direct result of the shuffled lineup. Sloppy passing, uncertainty in runs, being second to the ball and failure by the coaches to make adjustments to the Dutch use of the flanks on counter attacks resulted in a complete overmatch. Let's hope they find their heads against Japan. 

  32. Bob Ashpole replied, August 15, 2022 at 1:28 p.m.

    In simple BB terms (less a couple of exceptions) these girls "got no game". It won't get any better. A couple of players carried us through against Ghana, but Ghana is not Japan.

    Japan spends a lot of time during development on combination play sacrificing time on finishing. Hopefully this will mean that we won't be on the end of a blow out. Our chance of getting 3 points is not good.

  33. P T, August 15, 2022 at 1:29 p.m.

    Came to the comment section wondering if everyone else saw the same disaster I did. All I would ask for is some level of skill and strategy that was lacking in the second half (I missed the first 1/2) - not sure if it was a total collapse in confidence which can happen. But seriously send your kids to free play or street soccer to learn more than the physical US style of play which clever teams will take advantage time and time again. 

  34. frank schoon replied, August 15, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.

    exactly, PT. Going to these academies to learn is a joke. You go to one academy and you've gone to all of them....Biggest waste of money....Names like 'Total Soccer Academy' sounds impressive but it doesn't do anything for the player, other make money from unsuspecting parents...

  35. Richard Rodriguez, August 15, 2022 at 2:17 p.m.

    Their has been a big shift in the women's game wherein young women in Europe are signing pro contracts at young ages vs our women going to college and competing 3 months of the year against other college students.

  36. Karl Sonneman, August 15, 2022 at 2:46 p.m.

    USSF needs to stop using coaching positions as a full employment act for friends and family.  Why is Tab Ramos a TV commentator, and instead the US has coaching like this.

  37. Wayne Norris, August 15, 2022 at 4 p.m.

    The USWNT while crying "no support" from US Soccer has benefitted from a huge "head start" in international women's soccer.

    Now Europe has finally gotten on board and is developing players in a huge way.

    For some reason we accepted that the US College model (which has been blamed for US men lack of development for decades) was creating top class women players.

    I think we are now seeing that it was more about minimal completion and now US is in danger of getting left in dust.

  38. Wooden Ships replied, August 16, 2022 at 4:53 p.m.

    Wayne, there was an NWSL coach (female, if that's still acceptable) on XMFC the other day stating what many of us know, that the womens college development model isn't effective today. 

  39. Kerry Solomon, August 15, 2022 at 10:51 p.m.

    The coaching was poor and the players skills were lacking.  Bottom line......the Dutch were BETTER 

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