The Bayern Munich winger won a spot kick in injury time to enable Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to score the winner but admitted going to ground too easily earlier in the match.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
While the Dutch winger took a dive that led to the winning penalty kick, the focus shouldn't be put squarely on the ref after coach Miguel Herrera made some questionable moves.
The rescheduled match was worn down by the conditions, and perhaps rust from a league break.
The former America boss was furious that Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca failed to caution Arjen Robben for diving and then awarded the winger a decisive late penalty
The goalkeeper came up with a pair of big saves to protect Mexico's lead and couldn't be faulted for either of the Netherlands' late goals.
Mexico is out of the World Cup after a gut-wrenching defeat to the Netherlands that saw El Tri concede twice late.
The Netherlands forward believes El Tri will have a definite advantage because the match is in South America, but is confident following the Oranje's displays so far.
The U.S. national team coach believes his side is capable of achieving the upset, saying the Americans "have absolutely no fear at all."
The Ticos surprised everyone by finishing on top of a group featuring Italy, Uruguay and England. But how have they done it?
The CONCACAF side has been the surprise of the tournament so far and will fancy its chances of making it to the quarterfinals.
The midfielder received more criticism during the U.S. national team's group stage than any other player, and that will only continue if he doesn't step up versus Belgium.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Carlos Salcido replaces Jose Juan Vasquez in El Tri's starting XI for the round of 16, while the rest of the squad remains the same from the three group-stage matches.
After beating Cameroon and Croatia and drawing against host Brazil, El Tri will have a tough test against the Dutch side in the round of 16 on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
Friday, June 27, 2014
With a key player suspended, Miguel Herrera is reportedly set to turn to a veteran presence as his Mexico side seeks to topple the Netherlands.
The 24-year-old Porto midfielder has given his stock a boost with a standout World Cup thus far.
The European nation breezed through the group stage, picking up all nine points, but the star-studded side struggled to find the net.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The U.S. midfielder continued his strong World Cup on Thursday, overcoming a broken nose to help the Americans earn the result they needed vs. Germany to reach the round of 16.
The defender stepped back into the U.S. national team starting lineup Thursday against Germany, and played well enough to remind us just how good he can be.
On Thursday, even in a 1-0 loss to Germany, the U.S. national team reached its highest peak yet as a soccer nation after overcoming the Group of the Death.
The U.S. captain says that weather conditions and the need for only a draw affected the team's performance against Germany in their Group G finale.