USMNT adds Netherlands to high-profile June friendly slate
The U.S. men's national team is set to meet the Netherlands in a high-profile away friendly next June, SI.com has confirmed. The game is likely to take place on June 5, with another game at Germany expected to happen on June 10. (The German federation had already announced the latter game.)
The games would be part of the U.S.'s preparation for the CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 7 to 26. The U.S. last met Germany, the World Cup 2014 champion, in the group stage of Brazil 2014, losing 1-0 in Recife.
The U.S. last met the Netherlands in March 2010, losing 2-1 in Amsterdam. Nigel de Jong broke Stuart Holden's leg in that match, the final one before Bob Bradley selected his World Cup roster, and Carlos Bocanegra scored the Americans' goal - the only time the USA has scored against the Dutch in four meetings.
Under now-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands reached the semifinals of this past summer's World Cup, bowing out in penalty kicks against Lionel Messi's Argentina.
Guus Hiddink now coaches Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie & Co., who sit third in their European Championship qualification group after four matches (2-2-0).
The U.S. is also expected to meet archrival Mexico – which beat the Netherlands in a World Cup knockout round grudge match – in a friendly in the spring, probably in April.