A visibly heartbroken Timothy Weah embraced United States men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter on the pitch after being eliminated from the World Cup by Holland on Saturday in Doha, Qatar.
Weah was pulled in the second half as Team USA struggled to generate offense in the 3-1 loss. The son of former Ballon d’Or winner and Liberian President, George Weah, scored Team USA’s first goal of the group stage against Wales, but was rendered ineffective against the Dutch defense.
Berhalter was seen embracing several players, including team captain Tyler Adams, who later told Fox Sports that the coach simply told him to keep his ‘head up.’
A visibly heartbroken Timothy Weah embraced United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter on the pitch after being eliminated from the World Cup by Holland on Saturday
Tyler Adams of USA and Cristian Roldan of USA hug each other after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Netherlands and USA at Khalifa International Stadium
Weah nearly tied the game at 1-1 in the 42nd minute when he launched a 25-yard shot on net, forcing Dutch keeper Andries Noppert to make a diving stop.
Unfortunately for the US, Daley Blind would score before halftime to give Holland a 2-0 lead following Memphis Depay’s first goal of the match.
Second-half substitute Haji Wright cut the US deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when Christian Pulisic’s cross hit his trailing foot and popped over Noppert and into the net. But Dumfries, who assisted on the first two goals, scored on a volley in the 81st.
‘When you play a team with so much quality like that and you give them three, four chances, they’re going to put three or four away,’ United States captain Tyler Adams said. ‘We can show that we can hang with some of the best teams in the world, some of the best players in world, and that’s a lot of progress for U.S. soccer. We’re moving in the right direction, for sure, but we need to keep pushing, because we’re not there yet. But we’re close.’
Daley Blind of the Netherlands, left, is challenged by Tim Weah of the United States during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and the United States, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar
Runners-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010, the Oranje extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games and face Argentina or Australia on Friday.
It was a disappointing end for a rebuilt U.S. team hoping to advance past the round of 16 for the first time since 2002. Using the second-youngest squad in the tournament, the Americans achieved the bare minimum to consider the World Cup a success, beating Iran in their group-stage finale to reach the knockout round.
But just like in 2010 against Ghana and 2014 against Belgium, the United States was eliminated in the round of 16. The Americans are winless in 12 games against European opponents at the World Cup since 2002, losing six, and are 1-7 during the tournament’s knockout rounds.
Pulisic, playing four days after getting hurt during his game-winning goal against Iran, had a chance to put the United States ahead in the third minute but Noppert, playing in only his fourth international match, blocked his point-blank shot. With the Americans seeking an equalizing goal, Noppert dived to stop Tim Weah’s 25-yard effort in the 42nd.
Tim Weah of the United States, left, and Frenkie de Jong of the Netherlands compete for the ball during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and the United States, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha
Tyler Adams of USA (L) comforts Yunus Musah (R) following Saturday’s loss in Doha
The crowd of 44,846 was well back from the field at renovated Khalifa International Stadium, which has an athletics track and was more subdued than the raucous spectators for the match against Iran.
While the United States had the better play at the start, the Dutch went ahead after breaking the American press. Dumfries one-timed a pass from the right flank as Depay streaked unmarked into the penalty area. His right-footed shot from 14 yards beat Matt Turner to the far post in the 10th minute for his 43rd international goal, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Dutch career scoring list behind Robin van Persie’s 50.
The goal was the first allowed by the United States from the run of play in the tournament. In 37 World Cup matches, the Americans have never won a game in which they trailed.
The Netherlands doubled the lead on virtually the final kick of the first half, in the first minute of stoppage time. After a quick series of exchanges following a throw-in, Dumfries got a cross around Tyler Adams and found Blind wide open at the penalty spot. Blind scored only his third international goal — his first in eight years. Gio Reyna fed an open Weston McKennie in the 54th, but he skied his shot over the crossbar.
Wright entered in the 67th and scored his second international goal, sparking U.S. hopes. But Dumfries was left unmarked by Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson and used his left foot to volley Blind’s cross.