The U.S. Men’s National Soccer team has advanced to their first Round of 16 since 2014, the last time they were in the World Cup. In the 2014 World Cup, Tim Howard turned in an incredible goalkeeping performance against Belgium, but they were knocked out in extra time. Here are the key injuries to watch heading into Saturday’s match with the Netherlands.
Christian Pulisic - SIC Score 94
The Chelsea phenom scored the winning goal against Iran but reportedly suffered a pelvic contusion. He exited the match, but his scans at the hospital were precautionary and he should have no limitations against the Netherlands.
He should play a huge role in the game as the team’s main playmaker.
Pulisic has 22 goals and 11 assists in 55 career appearances for the country. He is sixth all-time in scoring after passing Bruce Murray with his game-winning goal against Iran.
Josh Sargent - SIC score 71
The 24-year-old Norwich City forward has been a key cog at the front, but picked up a right ankle injury in the win over Iran. By video, the first concern was a knee hyperextension and possible bone bruise, thus it is good news that the damage was only in his ankle.
Although the news is relatively good, it’s likely too much to ask him to play a full game with this recent ankle injury. He will likely be available off the bench, but head coach Gregg Berhalter will likely lean on Naji Wright or Gio Reyna to start.
Netherlands vs. USA Odds
The Netherlands is favored to win at -105, while a tie is at +220 and a U.S. win is at +340, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The U.S. is at +9000 to win the World Cup, while the Netherlands is at +1900.
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