Soccer fans react as Team USA is KICKED OUT from the World Cup with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands
America’s two-week love affair with soccer officially came to an end with Saturday’s 3-1 World Cup defeat to the Netherlands, ruining viewing parties from Los Angeles to New York after fans braved frigid and drenched conditions to watch the Round of 16 clash .
Confidence among Team USA fans grew during the group stage after the Americans improved after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Wales to draw favorites England 0-0 and beat Iran 1-0 to qualify for the match from Saturday.
Unfortunately, Team USA failed to convert a series of chances, while Memphis Depay and Daley Blind gave the Oranje an insurmountable two-goal lead. Haji Wright would eventually cut the Netherlands’ lead in half in the 76th minute, but Denzel Dumfries put the Dutch back 3-1 in the 81st.
USA fans watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16 football match between the United States and the Netherlands being shown at Tom’s Watch Bar in Los Angeles
Drenched fans near the World Trade Center in New York watch the game
American fans react as they watch the game in a bar in New York
Fans look dejected after the Netherlands’ first goal as they watch the game on a screen at the World Trade Center during light rain on Saturday morning
Fans of US soccer team Eesha Pendharkar, right, and Dania Abdalla react as they watch on television in a bar in Washington, the United States team play against the Netherlands during their World Cup soccer match, Saturday
American football fans at Franklin Hall in Washington, D.C. react to Saturday morning’s defeat
Fans watch the game on a screen in the World Trade Center Oculus
USA fans watching the Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16 football match between USA and Netherlands
Team USA fans react to the Netherlands’ second goal while watching the game in a bar in New York
Saturday’s game marked Team USA’s first time behind all tournaments, sparking a very different vibe in the bars and outdoor events that have littered the United States since Nov. 21.
Many US football fans had become accustomed to gathering around televisions at odd hours to catch the action from Qatar – something they didn’t do in 2018, when the US failed to qualify for the World Cup, or 2014, when the tournament was played at more convenient times in Brazil.
Saturday was no different, as dozens of supporters lined up before dawn.
Fans react while watching the FIFA World Cup Qatar round of 16 match between Netherlands and USA, at Pitch 25 Beer Park, on December 3, 2022 in Housto
Nervous fans watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar round of 16 match between Netherlands and USA
USA fans watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16 football match between the United States and the Netherlands in New York
Fans react as they watch the game in a bar in New York
Fans watch the World Cup match between the US and the Netherlands at The Dubliner in Boston
The Banshee, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, had a long line to get in on Saturday
In Kansas City, fans were seen wrapping up for an outdoor viewing party in freezing temperatures.
At the Brick Street Bar in Oxford, Ohio, home to the University of Miami campus, hundreds of fans lined up for another viewing party.
“At 6am we are completely fueled by The Red, White and Blue,” read a tweet from the bar.
Other fans flocked everywhere from the Fairplay in San Diego’s North Park area to Harbell’s in Springfield, Missouri, to the Banshee in Dorchester, Massachusetts, not to mention a string of locations in Los Angeles and New York.
But the excitement couldn’t last, as Team USA again failed to reach the quarterfinals.
The US closed the gap with Haji Wright’s goal in the 76th minute, but it didn’t last long
The Oranges finished second in 1974, 1978 and 2010, extended their unbeaten run to 19 games and face Argentina or Australia on Friday.
It was a disappointing end for a rebuilt American team hoping to get past the round of 16 for the first time since 2002. With the second youngest team in the tournament, the Americans reached the bare minimum to consider the World Cup a success. Iran in the group stage final to reach the knockout round.
But just like in 2010 against Ghana and 2014 against Belgium, the United States was eliminated in the round of 16. The Americans have gone winless in 12 games against European opponents at the World Cup since 2002, lost six, and are 1-7 through the tournament’s knockout rounds.
Pulisic, who played four days after being injured in his winning goal against Iran, had a chance to give the United States the lead in the third minute, but Noppert, who was playing in only his fourth international match, blocked his shot from close range. With the Americans chasing an equalizer, Noppert dove to stop Tim Weah’s 25-yard attempt in the 42nd.
The 44,846 spectators were well away from the field at the renovated Khalifa International Stadium, which has a running track and was more subdued than the boisterous spectators for the game against Iran.
New Yorkers lined up outside the bars at 7 a.m. local time ahead of Saturday’s game
While the United States had the better game at the start, the Dutch continued after breaking the American press. Dumfries made a one-off pass from the right flank when Depay shot unmarked into the penalty area. His right-footed shot from 14 yards beat Matt Turner to the far post in the 10th minute for his 43rd international goal, giving him sole second place on the Dutch scoring list behind Robin van Persie’s 50.
The goal was the first goal allowed by the United States in the tournament. In 37 World Cup matches, the Americans have never won a game in which they were behind.
The Netherlands doubled their lead on almost the last kick of the first half, in the first minute of stoppage time. After a quick series of exchanges after a throw-in, Dumfries got a cross around Tyler Adams to find Blind wide open on the penalty spot. Blind scored only his third international goal – his first in eight years. Gio Reyna fed an open Weston McKennie in the 54th, but he skied his shot over the bar.
Wright entered in the 67th and scored his second international goal, sparking hopes in the US. But Dumfries remained undefeated by Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson and used his left foot to volley a cross from Blind.