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USA to play the Netherlands in friendly

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Gregg Berhalter’s team faces a tough test.

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The United States men’s national team is scheduled to play a friendly against the Netherlands on Thursday, March 26th at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. The match will take place during an international window, so a full-strength roster should be expected. Another friendly against a European opponent has yet to be announced.

“One of the important parts of continuing to develop this group is the opportunity to play against high-level opponents away from home,” manager Gregg Berhalter told USSoccer.com. “The Netherlands is a soccer powerhouse featuring some of the world’s best talent. This game will be a good chance to compete as we build toward the important competitions in the summer and fall.”

The Netherlands are currently ranked 14th in the world by FIFA. The Oranje failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, but the team appears to be on the mend. Led by manager Ronald Koeman, they reached the final of the UEFA Nations League, qualified for Euro 2020, and are on a six-match unbeaten streak. The USMNT has an all-time 1-4 record against the Netherlands, with the lone win coming in 2015 by a 4-3 margin.

Sergiño Dest will likely be a talking point heading into the match. The Netherlands-born dual-national recently committed to the USMNT after a period of recruitment by both nations. At a November press conference, Koeman stated that he was not disappointed with the Ajax defender’s decision and shielded Dutch U-21 manager Erwin van de Looi against criticism that the player was overlooked.