It’s a matchup that many projected to be a potential Olympic gold medal match, except it’s happening at the quarterfinal stage: No. 1-ranked U.S. women’s national team facing No. 4-ranked Netherlands in a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final.
That last competitive matchup went the way of the USA, 2-0 winners, but the Dutch look like the stronger team in Japan based on group play, scoring a tournament high 21 goals so far. Meanwhile, the USWNT struggled in the group stage and finished second in its group after a win (vs. New Zealand), loss (vs. Sweden) and draw (vs. Australia).
The management of player minutes and conservative tactics by U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski during the tournament have led to plenty of debate among fans and that theme will continue in this quarterfinal with a starting lineup that will surprise many for some prominent absences.
Sporting News will be following the event and providing live scores, updates and highlights from the big quarterfinal match.
USWNT vs. Netherlands live score
NED: Vivianne Miedema – 18th min
USA: Sam Mewis (Lynn Williams) – 28th min
USA: Lynn Williams – 31st min
(All times Eastern)
39th min: The USWNT firing shots in the box, but can’t get a clean look. Crystal Dunn joining the attack on this instance. We knew the Dutch were vulnerable defensively and the USWNT is so far proving that to be true.
31st min: And now Lynn Williams scores! The USWNT takes the 2-1 lead after a U.S. corner kick bounces in the Dutch box and Williams turns on the loose ball to score.
28th min: And just as we say that, the USWNT scores! Lynn Williams with a beautiful move down the right and she sends a cross that Sam Mewis crouches down to head home. Well-crafted goal.
27th min: No response from the USWNT just yet. The Netherlands have also gone quiet.
18th min: Disaster for the USA. Olympic top scorer Vivianne Miedema scores on her second touch of the game. The ball was bouncing around in the U.S. box and she pounced on it. A scorer’s finish and her Olympic record 9th goal.
14th min: USWNT hits the post! Technically it was the Dutch ‘keeper who pushed a Lindsey Horan downward header against the right post. The cross came from Lynn Williams.
10th min: USWNT scores, but it’s offside. Julie Ertz sent Tobin Heath into the box and she put it inside the side netting, but Heath was barely offside on the pass.
7th min: Positive touch by Lynn Williams into the box and it helps the USWNT earn a corner kick, though nothing comes of it. The USA has been controlling possession early on.
Things happen when you start Lynn Williams 😤
Loving this start from the #USWNT .
Let’s get it!
— Jacob Schneider (@_jacobschneider) July 30, 2021
1st min: We’re off. USWNT in its white kits and the Dutch in classic orange kits.
6:26 a.m.: The match airs at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Arlo White and Julie Foudy on the call:
Here we go. Win or go home in Yokohama.
The Olympic quarter-final between @USWNT & the Netherlands is live on NBCSN at 7am ET, with Julie Foudy.
— Arlo White 💙 (@arlowhite) July 30, 2021
5:47 a.m.: This lineup is going to be a topic of discussion if the USWNT doesn’t pull this off against the Dutch:
USWNT vs. Netherlands starting lineups
U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski named an interesting lineup for the do-or-die quarterfinal against the Netherlands with Lynn Williams getting the start ahead of Christen Press. Also, star players Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe are starting on the bench, likely due to their yellow card warning status. Should either receive a caution card in the quarterfinal, they would be forced to sit out an eventual semifinal.
Starters (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alyssa Naeher — 2-Crystal Dunn, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Abby Dahlkemper, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 3-Samantha Mewis, 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan — 7-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd, 21-Lynn Williams
Substitutes: 18-Adrianna Franch-GK, 14-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kristie Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 11-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Sitting out: 22-Jane Campbell-GK, 20-Casey Krueger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Catarina Macario
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Sari van Veenendaal-GK — 17-Dominique Janssen, 4-Aniek Nouwen, 3-Stefanie van der Gragt, 2-Lynn Wilms — 10-Danielle van de Donk, 14-Jackie Groenen, 6-Jill Roord — 11-Lieke Martens, 9-Vivianne Miedema, 7-Shanice van de Sanden
Substitutes: 16-Lize Kop-GK, 5-Merel van Dongen, 21-Anouk Dekker, 15-Kika van Es, 13-Victoria Pelova, 18-Lineth Beerensteyn, 19-Renate Jansen
Sitting out: 22-Loes Geurts-GK, 20-Inessa Kaagman, 12-Sisca Folkertsma, 8-Joelle Smits
How to watch USWNT vs. Netherlands Olympic soccer
- Date: Friday, July 30
- Time: 7 a.m. ET
- TV channels: NBCSN
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo
- Streaming: fuboTV , NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and Telemundo Deportes app (with user authentication)
USA vs. Netherlands will air live on NBCSN and Telemundo at 7 a.m. ET. Both networks are available to be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .
All Olympic soccer matches are also streamed in the USA on NBCOlympics.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, NBC Sports app and the Telemundo Deportes app — all with user authentication.