Gyasi Zardes’ first international goal has the United States men’s national team in Amsterdam on Friday.
Michael Bradley, Zardes and Brek Shea were among those stopped by Jesper Cillessen in the first half from Holland, where Jurgen Klinsmann’s Yanks had the better of the chances on the road early, before the home side settled in late.
And Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored on a 27th minute header to give the Dutch their advantage before Zardes tied it up six minutes later.
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Zardes came upon a massive opportunity when a pair of Dutch backs miscommunicated on a clear, but his side-volley on the turn was parried by Jesper Cillessen.
The Netherlands had a good spell of possession and threat near the 19th minute, but Kyle Beckerman was instrumental in quelling the attack.
Bradley beat Cillessen in the 20th minute, but hit the goal post before Fabian Johnson was offside in slotting the rebound off the opposite post.
Moments later, Shea flew up the left wing to collect a through ball and dart in goal, but his low shot hardly challenged Cillessen.
Daley Blind had a hard shot from the top of the 18 take a turn off Timmy Chandler and go out of play in the 24th minute, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar took way too long on a golden chance two minutes later before the Yanks’ John Anthony Brooks made up for poor positioning.
But Huntelaar netted moments later, getting his 40th national team goal when he darted between Ventura Alvarado and John Anthony Brooks to head Memphis Depay’s cross past Guzan.
Zardes found the equalizer, and his first international goal, at Amsterdam Arena when he pushed a cross from Fabian Johnson off of Cillessen and into the goal.
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Depay should’ve lifted the Dutch back into the lead in the 39th minute, but he tried to find Van Persie instead of the back of the goal. He also nearly scored just before halftime, but lashed wide of the goal.
Netherlands: Cillessen; Janmaat, Bruma, Martins Indi, Blind; Clasie, Wijnaldum; Promes, van Persie, Depay; Huntelaar.
Goal: Huntelaar (27′)
USMNT: Guzan; Shea, Brooks, Alvarado, Chandler; Morales, Beckerman, Bradley-c; Zardes, Johannsson, Johnson
Goal: Zardes (33′)