U.S. rallies from two down to stun Netherlands in friendly
The United States came from two goals down to stun the Netherlands 4-3 in a friendly in Amsterdam on Friday night.
Danny Williams and Bobby Wood scored two goals in the closing minutes to rally the U.S. to its first win over the Dutch in five attempts.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice and caused a third goal when his shot deflected off teammate Memphis Depay for the Netherlands, which finished third at the World Cup last summer but has struggled in European Championship qualifying.
With the hosts 3-1 ahead in the 70th minute, John Brooks started the comeback and Jurgen Klinsmann's men pressed for Williams' equalizer in the 89th minute and Wood's winner in the 90th.
As time was running down, Michael Bradley's corner fell to Williams at the top of the box to power home, tying the game at 3.
The Dutch very nearly retook the lead moments later but Brad Guzan stopped Luuk de Jong's point-blank header and the rebound caromed off the underside of the bar.
Michael Bradley then started a counterattack, passed forward to Stanford standout Jordan Morris, who crossed for Wood to tap home an improbable winning goal.
Wood's goal was the latest game-winning goal by an American against a European team since 1999.
The U.S.' fourth goal was very similar to their second, when Bradley passed through the Dutch back line to DeAndre Yedlin, who crossed for Brooks to tap in.
Gyasi Zardes scored the Americans' opener with his first international goal in the first half by redirecting a cross from Fabian Johnson at the far post.
The Americans, ranked 27th in the world by FIFA, had lost all four of their games against the Dutch coming in and had been outscored 7-1.
They play at World Cup winners Germany next week in their next-to-last game before starting the defense of their CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
Huntelaar's goals raised his total to 41 in 72 international matches, moving one ahead of Patrick Kluivert for second place on the Dutch scoring list.
Netherlands captain Robin van Persie, who leads with 49, could not put the ball past goalkeeper Guzan and saw one back-heeled attempt cleared off the line by Kyle Beckerman.
Guzan made his first national team appearance since November and has been announced as the U.S. starter at the Gold Cup, with Tim Howard remaining on sabbatical until September.
The U.S. was missing three key players. Captain Clint Dempsey stayed in Seattle to await the birth of his fourth child, fellow attacker Jozy Altidore is recovering from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was out with a knee injury and watched from the stands.
Netherlands was without Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, whose season was ended by a calf injury. The Dutch play a European Championship qualifier at Latvia next Friday and are third in Group A after five matches.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.