John Brooks (blue jersey) scored in the USA's victory over host Netherlands in an international friendly on June 5, 2015, in Amsterdam. (Photo: Celso Bayo/isiphotos.com)
AMSTERDAM -- Second-half substitutes Danny Williams and Bobby Wood scored their first international goals in the waning minutes to turn defeat for the United States into a stunning 4-3 victory over the Netherlands in an international friendly at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday.
Williams connected for the equalizer in the 88th minute and Wood added the game-winner two minutes later to boost the Americans to their first win over the Dutch, who finished third in last year's FIFA World Cup.
The U.S., preparing to defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title in July, overcame a 3-1 second-half deficit in an action-packed encounter.
The host drew first blood in the 27th minute as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar headed Memphis Deplay's left-sided cross past goalkeeper Brad Guzan from the edge of the six-yard box.
Six minutes later, the USA equalized on Gyasi Zardes' first international goal. The LA Galaxy standout, off a Fabian Johnson feed from the right side, stretched out his right foot to direct an attempt off goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and into the net.
The Dutch restored their lead four minutes after the break. Second-half substitute Gregory Van der Wiel delivered a long cross toward Huntelaar, who found space between two defenders and headed the ball home from eight yards.
In the 53rd minute, Huntelaar was in the middle of the action once again, helping to extend the Netherlands’ advantage to 3-1. The 31-year-old’s driven effort from 15-yards out deflected off Depay and then the woodwork, before going over the line.
The CONCACAF champion rebounded with three goals over the final 20 minutes.
First, with a splendid defense-splitting pass into the right side of the box, Michael Bradley found a sprinting DeAndre Yedlin. The Tottenham Hotspur right-back quickly crossed on the ground for the unmarked John Brooks slot in from five yards to close the gap to 3-2 in the 70th minute.
The Americans leveled in the 88th minute with the help of a deflection. Netherlands' Lukk De Jong headed Bradley’s right-sided corner kick to the top of the box, where Danny Williams was waiting above the arc to collect. He brought the ball down and unleashed a right-footed shot that deflected off de Jong’s left foot, leaving Cillessen helpless.
Seconds after Guzan made a vital save on De Jong, the U.S. struck for the game-winner in the 90th minute. The influential and tireless Bradley gained possession in midfield and ran down the spine of the field. After cleverly faking a pass to the left, the Toronto FC midfielder turned and completed a pass to Jordan Morris on the right. Without hesitation, Morris crossed to Wood, who -- from six-yards out – put the finishing touches on a remarkable comeback.
The Americans will meet 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne on Wednesday.