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United States vs. Netherlands, friendly recap: Sounders Academy products led way to historic win

DeAndre Yedlin and Jordan Morris each notch late assists to propel United States to their first-ever win over the Netherlands.

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For much of the match, the United States seemed destined to settle for another competitive but ultimately disappointing result against a good European team. But that was before a pair of Sounders Academy products had their say.

First, it was DeAndre Yedlin. The Tottenham Hotspur man came rushing down the right wing and put in a cross to John Brooks, who for some reason found himself streaking toward goal. That cut the United States' deficit to 3-2 with about 20 minutes remaining.

Then, Jordan Morris -- like Yedlin, a second-half substitute -- got the ball on the right wing and had a good look at the equalizer. Although it was saved, the United States tied it up on the ensuing corner kick when Danny Williams' shot deflected off a couple Dutch defenders.

If that were where it ended, the United States would have been satisfied. But just a couple minutes later, Morris did the USA another solid. Again with the ball on the right side, Morris slid the ball through the box where Bobby Wood basically tapped it into the goal. The play was shockingly similar to Yedlin's assist, with both starting off feeds from Michael Bradley.

Not only was this the first USA win over the Netherland, but keep in mind that it was against a team that is current ranked No. 5 in the world and is a year removed from a third-place finish at the World Cup. And less you wonder about the quality of their squad, they were featuring just about all of their stars. No, it wasn't a master-class performance by the Stars and Stripes, not by any stretch, but friendly wins don't get much bigger than this.

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