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Here are the best Netherlands soccer players that the USA will face in the Round of 16

If you’re a casual USA soccer fan, then you’re probably familiar by now with the best US soccer players at the 2022 World Cup. After going undefeated in the group stage, the USA will face the Dutch in the Round of 16. In this article we will share the best Netherlands soccer players at the 2022 World Cup that will face the USA.

Best Netherlands Soccer Players That Will Face The USA In The Round Of 16

1. Cody Gakpo

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  • Position: Forward (striker/left wing)
  • Number: 8
  • Club Team: PSV (Netherlands)
  • Age: 23

I hate to say this American fans, but this kid will probably score on the USA. Cody Gakpo is experiencing the best form of his young career. He scored in all three of the Dutch’s group stage games with all of them being top class goals.

He’s scored with his head, had a goal from distance and embarrassed Qatar’s defense with some slick passing before he got his third goal of the tournament.

For his club PSV he has the most combined goals (13) and assists (17) out of any player in Europe’s top leagues. This kid will be a menace to the U.S. defense. 

2. Virgil van Dijk

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  • Position: Defender (center back)
  • Number: 4
  • Club Team: Liverpool (England)
  • Age: 31

The 6 feet 5 inches Dutch giant is arguably the best defender in the world. In the 2018-19 season UEFA voted him as the best player in Europe winning the Men’s Player of the Year Award. He's the only defender to ever win the award.

He’s one of the smartest defenders in the world and nearly impossible to get past. The USA won’t be winning any headers if van Dijk is in the vicinity. He’s also dangerous on corner kicks as an aerial threat.

3. Frenkie de Jong

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  • Position: Midfielder (central midfielder)
  • Number: 21
  • Club Team: Barcelona (Spain)
  • Age: 25

The Netherlands’ squad is filled with superstars and Frenkie de Jong fits that list. In 2019 his current club team Barcelona spent roughly $90 million to acquire him from Dutch club Ajax.

Despite some drama this summer when Barcelona was thinking of getting rid of him, he’s bounced back and is playing some quality ball. He can do it all with insane vision, distribution, dribbling and the ability to score. 

In the group stage de Jong scored a goal and assisted one.

4. Nathan Aké

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  • Position: Defender (center back)
  • Number: 5
  • Club Team: Manchester City
  • Age: 27

Joining van Dijk in the defense is Manchester City stud Nathan Aké. He and van Dijk have started all three group stage games together and have only allowed one goal in the tournament so far.

Aké is also dangerous at springing attacks for the Dutch. 

5. Memphis Depay

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  • Position: Forward (striker)
  • Number: 10
  • Club Team: Barcelona (Spain)
  • Age: 28

Memphis Depay would be No. 1 on this list if he hadn’t been recovering from a thigh injury since September. His international goal scoring record is prolific with 42 goals in 84 appearances for the Dutch.

Depay appeared in all three of the group stage games and started against Qatar. Barring any injury, Depay and Gakpo will play together against the USA. That’s a fearsome strike partnership.

Honorable mentions:

Matthijs de Ligt

-The star Bayern Munich center back started the first game at the World Cup but has fallen out of favor. He’s arguably one of the best defenders in the world but hasn’t featured since the opener. Jurrien Timber has taken his place.

Denzel Dumfries

-He’s a big name and plays for Inter Milan, but his performances of late haven’t been up to snuff. He provides plenty of speed down the right wing, but if he’s off his game it could be an area to exploit for the USA.

Davy Klaassen

-He might not be a fan-favorite, but the 29-year-old is off to a hot start in Qatar with a goal and two assists. Look out for him in the midfield.

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