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USWNT draws second World Cup match – podcast

Breaking down the match



Julie Ertz with the USWNT | credit: Thad Bell

Huw Williams joins Thad Bell from the Kansas City Soccer Journal to review the US Women’s National team’s draw with the Netherlands at the 2023 World Cup. After a 3-0 win versus Vietnam in the first match of the group stage, Vlatko Andonovski’s team played to a 1-1 draw. For some, it was a disappointing result in the rematch of the 2019 final. The Oranje Leeuwinnen are a very good team and very badly wanted to get revenge.

The US did not have a good first half but they were definitely better in the second half. Was it the lone sub (yes we discuss that), a change in tactics (a bit) or the US getting mad? The US came out more motivated but when it comes to anger, captain Lindsey Horan took the lead. There was definitely a little anger between Horan and her Lyon teammate Daniëlle van de Donk after Horan was fouled.

A major point of discussion around the world was that Andonovski went with the same lineup from the Vietnam game, and then only used one sub. We discuss possible alternatives.

The US is coached by Kansas City resident Vlatko Andonovski. Williams and Andonovski worked together in the NWSL and in local soccer.

The USWNT faces Viet Nam, Portugal, and the Netherlands in the group stage and Williams talks about what the United States faces with each one.

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NED – Jill Rood (Victoria Pelova) 17th minute: Netherlands sliced through the US midfield, forcing and taking advantage of multiple errors to create their best chance of the day. The US defense collapsed but the initial shot was blocked by defender Crystal Dunn. Victoria Pelova controlled the rebound, found Rood at the top of the box where she finished with a low shot into the lower left corner. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had no chance. USA 0, NED 1

USA – Lindsey Horan (Rose Lavelle) 62nd minute: Lavelle’s corner kick swerved in towards the near post. A very determined and focused Horan made her run to get a margin of separation from the defender, then snapped a header in the net. USA 1, NED 1


USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 23-Emily Fox, 4-Naomi Girma, 8-Julie Ertz, 19-Crystal Dunn; 17-Andi Sullivan, 10-Lindsey Horan (Capt.), 9-Savannah DeMelo (16-Rose Lavelle, 46); 11-Sophia Smith, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Trinity Rodman

Substitutes not used: 18-Casey Murphy, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 2-Ashley Sanchez, 3-Sofia Huerta, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 6-Lynn Williams, 7-Alyssa Thompson, 12-Alana Cook, 14-Emily Sonnett, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 22-Kristie Mewis

Head coach: Vlatko Andonovski


NED: 1-Daphne van Domselaar; 8-Sherida Spitse (Capt.), 3-Stefanie van der Gragt (4-Aniek Nouwen, 46), 20-Dominique Janssen; 17-Victoria Pelova (18-Kerstin Casparij, 86), 6-Jill Roord (13-Renate Jansen, 90+4), 14-Jackie Groenen, 10-Daniëlle van de Donk, 22-Esmee Brugts; 9-Katja Snoeijs (21-Damaris Egurrola, 71),11-Lieke Martens

Substitutes not used: 16-Lize Kop, 23-Jacintha Anouchka Weimar, 2-Lynn Anke Hannie Wilms, 5-Merel van Dongen, 12-Jill Baijings, 15-Caitlin Dijkstra, 19-Wieke Kaptein

Not Available: 7-Lineth Beerensteyn

Head coach: Andries Jonker

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