Down 3-1 deep into the second half, it seemed like the U.S. men's national team was headed for another loss to European competition in a friendly on Friday against the Netherlands.
But the U.S. staged an improbable comeback, scoring three goals in 20 minutes to defeat the Netherlands 4-3.
With the score level at one goal apiece to start the second half, the Dutch took a quick 3-1 lead following goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and and Memphis Depay. But in the 70th minute, American central defender John Brooks scored on a rush, cutting the deficit to one.
Jurgen Klinsmann's side then struck twice on the verge of stoppage time, with Danny Williams and Bobby Wood scoring their first international goals in the 89th and 90th minutes, respectively, to give the United States an unlikely road victory and its first in five tries against the Dutch.
Brooks started the comeback with a tap-in goal, finishing off a sequence which he started by ultimately winning the ball at midfield:
Williams struck with a deflected blast after a run from Jordan Morris drew a corner and the ball made its way out to him at the edge of the 18:
Wood tallied the winner around a minute later on a sequence sparked by a determined Michael Bradley, who picked the ball up at the midfield line, dodged multiple defenders and fed Morris, who then crossed to Wood for the winner:
The U.S. men return to action on June 10 when they face reigning World Cup champion Germany in Cologne.
- Stanley Kay