Overlooked and Underloved: D.C. United vs Montreal Impact

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While the casual fan focuses on marquee matchups like Sporting Kansas City against New York and the Los Angeles Galaxy hosting Dallas FC, we here at PST would like to throw out D.C. United invading Saputo Stadium as the game to watch of the weekend.

Why?

  • Playoff potential: Lose thing game and the Impact can pretty much kiss their postseason hopes goodbye. (Jesse Marsch has done a heck of a job, though. See below.) It’s a little too early to pencil in the five Eastern Conference teams, especially with the Crew’s creative resurgence, but three points would go a long way towards booking the Red and Black’s ticket. That said, the Impact are 9-3-2 at home, so…
  • Ben Olsen, man. Ben Olsen is just great.
  • The Andy Najar at right back experiment continues (probably). Is it for real? What’s his ceiling? You can’t have an opinion if you don’t watch.
  • The Impact’s next goal will be No. 40 on the season, tying the league record for an expansion club.
  • All these stats, courtesy of ImpactMontreal.com: “The Impact is the only MLS team in the top 10 in every team statistical category: 4th in goals (39), 4th in assists (38), 3rd in shots (354), 4th in shots on goal (118), 5th in times blanked (4), 3rd in fouls committed (340), 4th in fouls suffered (323), 1st in offsides (86), 6th in corners (121) and 3rd in cautions (47).” That’s exciting. How can you not like this team?
  • Netherlands vs USA: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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    This United States men’s national team looks for a legacy-cementing performance when it meets the Netherlands in the 2022 World Cup Round of 16 on Saturday in Al Rayyan.

    The Yanks await fitness updates of Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent but are largely healthy, though the USA has been leaning on largely the same starters deep into all three matches.

    STREAM LIVE NETHERLANDS vs USA

    Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Senegal, then drew Ecuador 1-1 before blanking Qatar 2-0.

    USA drew Wales 1-1 Wales before a more impressive 0-0 with England and a pivotal 1-0 win over Iran that saw Christian Pulisic injured while scoring a huge goal.

    USA fullback Sergino Dest chose the USMNT over the Netherlands and will certainly be in focus Saturday on the right side (presuming he starts his fourth-straight match).

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    Here is everything you need for Netherlands vs USA.


    How to watch Netherlands vs USA live, stream link and start time

    Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday Dec. 3
    Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
    TV channels en Español: Telemundo
    Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


    Key storylines, players to watch closely

    The Netherlands are the fourth-best team in ELO Ratings and eighth in FIFA’s oft-debated rankings, while the Yanks are ranked 20th by ELO and 16th by FIFA.

    So the big storyline is whether the favorites’ role affects the Dutch at all, having had that label against Ecuador, Senegal, and Qatar, and whether the Yanks can effectively channel their underdog energy again as they did against England.

    The huge question, of course, is whether Christian Pulisic is 100%, 75%, or less following the pelvic contusion suffered against Iran. While Tim Weah’s been very good and fullbacks Sergino Dest and Antonee Robinson splendid, Pulisic is no doubt the focus of defenders and the U.S. attack. It’s also worth watching whether Weston McKennie finally has a game-changing performance at this tournament, as the Juventus man has been getting back to full fitness all World Cup.

    The Dutch have been thrilled by the performances of 23-year-old Cody Gakpo, who has scored in every game. The back line of Virgil vsn Dijk, Jurrien Timber, and Nathan Ake has been good, allowing just one goal, while Matthijs de Ligt started the first game in place of Timber and Stefan de Vrij looms on the bench. With Frenkie de Jong in the center of the park, this Dutch team is very strong even if it isn’t vintage Holland.


    Netherlands vs USA all-time

    The USMNT scored a memorable win over the Dutch in 2015 under Jurgen Klinsmann, trailing 1-0 and 3-1 before winning 4-3 with goals from Danny Williams and Bobby Wood in the 89th and 90th minutes to get the win. Gyasi Zardes and John Brooks also scored in the game.

    The Dutch had won all four meetings before that and all five games were friendlies occurring between 1998 and 2015.


    Netherlands vs USA, World Cup history

    The Dutch have never faced the USA at a World Cup, and the home of Johan Cruyff certainly has a more illustrious tournament history.

    The Netherlands, like the USMNT, missed the 2018 tournament. That absence came after finishing in third place in 2014 and losing the 2010 final to Spain. They’ve lost three finals in total, two in the mid 1970s, and haven’t lost a World Cup game outside of penalties since that 1-0 loss to Spain in 2010.

    The USMNT’s best tournament finish concluded with the controversial loss to Germany in the 2002 quarterfinals, but the Yanks have now reached the knockout rounds the last three times they participated in the World Cup. They’ve only won a knockout round match in 2002.


    Netherlands quick facts

    Current FIFA world ranking: 8
    World Cup titles: 0
    World Cup appearances: 10
    How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group G)
    Coach: Louis van Gaal
    Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo

    USA quick facts

    Current FIFA world ranking: 16
    World Cup titles: 0
    World Cup appearances: 9
    How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (3rd place)
    Coach: Gregg Berhalter
    Key players: Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie

    Croatia vs Belgium, live! Score, updates,, stream link, video highlights

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    Croatia and Belgium square off Thursday with either star-studded side capable of missing the knockout rounds without a win in Al Rayyan.

    2018 finalists Croatia qualifies for the Round of 16 with a win or a draw, while Belgium is in with a win or a draw, a Morocco loss to Canada, and tiebreaker priority.

    STREAM LIVE CROATIA vs BELGIUM

    How’d we get here? Croatia snapped off a 4-1 win over Canada to move atop the group following an opening draw with Morocco, while Belgium fell to the Moroccans after beating the Canadians.

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    Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Belgium.


    How to watch Croatia vs Belgium live, stream link and start time

    Kick off: 10am ET, Thursday, Dec. 1
    Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
    TV channels en Español: Telemundo
    Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


    Key storylines, players to watch closely

    Croatia looked sleepy in the opening draw with Morocco, a draw that looks better after the Atlas Lions beat Belgium. They snapped to life, perhaps somewhat fueled by Canadian coach John Herdman’s confident pre-match talk, and now look capable of taking down anyone in the field. Or was that merely Canada’s beleaguered defense? We’ll find out when Mateo Kovacic and Co. meet the Belgians.

    Kevin De Bruyne made waves after the win over Canada when he said Belgium’s golden generation missed its window by not claiming honors at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Red Devils failed to take down Morocco. They’ve been without Romelu Lukaku so far this tournament and Michy Batshuayi has the lone goal. Will Roberto Martinez’s men head home far earlier than expected?


    Croatia quick facts

    Current FIFA world ranking: 5
    World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
    World Cup appearances: 15
    How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
    Coach: Gareth Southgate
    Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice

    Belgium quick facts

    Current FIFA world ranking: 20
    World Cup titles: 0
    World Cup appearances: 5
    How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group A)
    Coach: Dragan Skocic
    Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi

    Canada vs Morocco, live! Score, updates,, stream link, video highlights

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    Morocco looks to seal a spot in the 2022 World Cup knockout rounds when it meers eliminated Canada in Al Khor on Thursday.

    The Atlas Lions opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw against returning finalists Croatia before surprising Belgium 2-0, both matches taking place in Al Khor.

    STREAM LIVE CANADA vs MOROCCO

    Canada felt hard done-by after missing an early penalty and losing 1-0 to Belgium, but did not validate dark horse hopes despite an early goal in its second gameI, soundly beaten 4-1 by Croatia.

    Maybe leaving Al Rayyan for Al Khor will help Canada get its first World Cup result after going 0-3 in the 1986 tournament and losing both of its matches in Qatar.

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    Here is everything you need for Canada vs Morocco.


    How to watch Canada vs Morocco live, stream link and start time

    Kick off: 10am ET, Thursday Dec. 1
    Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
    TV channels en Español: Telemundo
    Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


    Key storylines, players to watch closely

    How will Canada respond to its 4-1 loss to Croatia? Superior against Belgium and essentially until Croatia equalized on Monday, John Herdman has to decide who will have the mettle to pop off the mat and challenge unbeaten Morocco. One of those faces will surely be Alphonso Davies. Who will join him? Jonathan David and Cyle Larin could use redemptive performances, to be sure.

    Morocco looks very, very strong, especially out wide where Hakim Ziyech, Achraf Hakimi, and Sofiane Boufal operate the machine. A coming-out party for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri could go a long way toward stretching the Atlas Lions’ tournament well into December.


    Canada quick facts

    Current FIFA world ranking: 5
    World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
    World Cup appearances: 15
    How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
    Coach: Gareth Southgate
    Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice

    Morocco quick facts

    Current FIFA world ranking: 20
    World Cup titles: 0
    World Cup appearances: 5
    How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group A)
    Coach: Dragan Skocic
    Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi

    World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, groups, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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    The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as action throughout November and December will capture the imagination of the world.

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    Saudi Arabia, Japan and Morocco have already pulled off huge upset wins over Argentina, Germany and Belgium respectively as the tournament has delivered plenty of shocks.

    From the USMNT and England getting out of their group to Lionel Messi dragging Argentina through and Mexico just missing out on getting out of the group stages, Australia making it to the last 16 amid upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the group stage.

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    Then we have the small matter of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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    Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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    World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

    • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
    • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
    • Location: Qatar
    • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
    • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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    Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

    Group A schedule (all kick off times ET)

    Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

    Group B schedule

    Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

    Group C schedule

    Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
    Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
    Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
    Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Poland 0-2 Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha
    Recap/highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

    Group D schedule

    Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
    Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
    Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
    Recap/highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark– Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

    Group E schedule

    Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Thursday, December 1: Japan vs Spain (preview) – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
    Thursday, December 1: Costa Rica vs Germany (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

    Group F schedule

    Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
    Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Thursday, December 1: Croatia vs Belgium (preview) – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
    Thursday, December 1: Canada vs Morocco (preview) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 10am

    Group G schedule

    Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
    Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
    Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
    Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
    Friday, December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
    Friday, December 2: Serbia vs Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

    Group H schedule

    Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
    Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
    Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
    Friday, December 2: South Korea vs Portugal (preview) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
    Friday, December 2: Ghana vs Uruguay (preview) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am


    Round of 16 schedule

    Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands vs USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

    Match 50 – Saturday, December 3:  Argentina vs Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

    Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France vs Poland – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

    Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England vs Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

    Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Winners Group E vs Runners up Group F – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

    Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Winners Group G vs Runners up Group H – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

    Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Winners Group F vs Runners up Group E – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

    Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Winners Group H vs Runners up Group G – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


    Quarterfinal schedule

    Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

    Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

    Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

    Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


    Semifinal schedule

    Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

    Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


    Third-place play-off

    Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


    Final

    Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am