The U.S. Men's National Team has been eliminated from the World Cup after the Netherlands beat them 3-1. It was a disappointing end for a rebuilt U.S. team working to advance beyond the round of 16 for the first time since 2002. CBS DFW reports that this year's squad was the second-youngest squad in the tournament, with the Americans doing the bare minimum to make it to the knockout round. However, just like in 2010 and 2014, the United States was beaten in the knockout round.
The Netherlands continue their unbeaten streak and advanced to a quarterfinal with Argentina. The Americans now head home contemplating how far they came and how short they fell. CBS DFW reports that the USMNT are winless in 12 games against European opponents at the World Cup since 2002. USMNT Christian Pulisic spoke to the media after the game saying:
"It hurts after a tough loss like that when we feel like we could have had more," "We don't want to feel like this again."
Captain Tyler Adams acknowledged ahead of the game that as underdogs, they would have to give it their all. Adams said the resiliency of the team made this team special. CBS DFW says the crowd of more than 44,000 was more subdued than the crowd who witnessed the US match against Iran. After the loss, the U.S. team didn't want to leave and wanted to just spend more time together. Some on the team absorbed the loss without saying a word.