GOIANIA, Brazil – The United States fell to the Netherlands, 4-0-4, in its final Group D match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at Estádio da Serrinha Saturday night.
The USA finished fourth in the group and will not advance to the knockout stage.
The match was evenly played for large portions of the first half, but things came undone for the red, white and blue in the second half fter going down a goal just before the break. Netherlands forward Santje Hanson had a hand in three goals, scoring the first two and assisting on Mohamed Taabouni’s tally before Jayden Braaf closed out the scoring late.
The USA twice was inches from taking the lead within the opening 10 minutes of the game. At the seven-minute mark, U.S. right back Joe Scally of Lake Grove, N.Y. pushed down the line and sent a driven cross into the box. Gio Reyna made a run towards the ball and sent a glancing, flicked header to the back post that went inches wide of goal.
Minutes later, the Netherlands defense headed away a corner that fell to the feet of Adam Saldana just outside the box. Saldana hit a low shot through the defense that also went just wide of goal.
The European champions held strong and started to create their own chances. The breakthrough came just before the half when Hansen danced around at the top of the box before cutting to his left and tucking a shot just past the outstretched diving attempt by goalkeeper Chituru Odunze and into the near post.
The Americans made two changes to start the second half and were more aggressive offensively right off the whistle. Jansen however, opened the second-half scoring with a first-time shot from inside the box. The forward turned to playmaker, taking a ball to the end line before finding Taabouni, who finished from four yards.
In the 76th minute, Hansen again went at the USA defense and drew a penalty kick after being clipped by Bryang Kayo. Kenneth Taylor stepped up to shoot but was denied by a diving save from Odunze. The Netherlands finished the scoring in the dying minutes, with Jayden Braaf netting one from close range.