Matt Turner after the Netherlands’ second goal. (Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

It certainly was no Dutch treat for the United States on Saturday.

Quite simply, the Americans couldn’t put away their opportunities and the Dutch did en route to a 3-1 World Cup victory in the Round of 16 Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries, who assisted on the first two goals, found the net for the Netherlands. The Dutch moved on to face the winner of the Argentina-Australia match in the quarterfinals.

Second-half substitute Haji Wright, a former New York Cosmos, found the net for the USA.

There was no question the Americans played with much grit and desire, trying to overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half, but they lacked that special finishing touch.

The U.S. men’s national team had a golden opportunity to grab an early lead.

Tyler Adams sent a pass into the penalty area in the third minute to an unmarked Christian Pulisic. Pulisic, however, did not get enough on the ball and his left-footed shot from 10 yards was knocked away by goalkeeper Andries Noppert.

Seven minutes later, the European side answered. Team captain Tyler Adams, one of the top U.S. players in the tournament, could not keep up with Memphis Depay, who slotted home a right-wing feed by Denzel Dumfries past goalkeeper Matt Turner in the 10th minute to boost the Dutch on top, 1-0.

Depay had done some damage in a prior meeting, when he scored in a 4-3 loss to the USA in an international friendly in Amsterdam in 2015.

Tim Weah ripped a shot from outside the box that Noppert saved in the 43rd minute.

Seconds into stoppage time, the Dutch deflated the Americans’ hopes with another score off a Dumfries right-wing cross. This time Daley Blind did the honors and slotted the ball past Turner from on the final opportunity of the first half for a two-goal halftime advantage.

The Americans certainly picked up the pace in the final half as Gio Reyna replaced striker Jesus Ferreira.

The USA again was frustrated by a save in the 49th minute as center back Tim Ream sent a shot from close range that midfielder Cody Gakpo, the Dutch’s top goal-scorer (three) in the tournament, cleared the ball off the goal line.

Pulisic tried for his second World Cup goal, but his low shot was an easy save for Noppert in the 53rd minute.

USA head coach Gregg Berhalter put in some fresh legs in the 67th minute, bringing on Brenden Aaronson and Haji Wright for Weah and McKennie.

The Dutch could have added to their lead in the 71st minute, but Turner came up huge. He knocked away Teun Koopmeiners’s shot from outside the box and saved Teun Koopmeiners’s attempt off the rebound.

It’s amazing how much the fortunes of a team and player can change in about a minute.

In the 75th minute, Wright could not get ahold of his first touch and settled for a second touch that Dumfries cleared away from the line on the right side.

A minute later, Wright scored a rather unusual goal as he scuffed a Pulisic feed from the right side that blooped into the far-left end of net to slice the lead in half.

Dumfries, however, restored the Dutch’s two-goal lead in the 81st minute connecting, on a half-volley thanks to the left-flank cross by Blind.