FIH Pro League Scouting Report: USWNT vs The Netherlands

April 11, 2019, 11:05 a.m. (ET)

In anticipation of the U.S. Women's National Team's upcoming FIH Pro League match, here is a scouting report you’ll want to review before the starting whistle.

Game Day: Sunday, April 14, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET

Location: HC Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Opponent: The Netherlands

FIH World Ranking: 1

Head to Head: Coming into the second meeting between these two teams in the FIH Pro League, USA and The Netherlands previously met at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. in February. The No.1 team in the world came out strong in the opening half of USA’s first home game, scoring five consecutive goals and finishing with a 5-0 win.

Prior to the FIH Pro League getting underway, the Oranje played in a four-game test series against the USWNT at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. in January, 2018. Victorious in all contests, The Netherlands recorded an impressive 20 goals to USA's four for the sweep. The opening match saw The Netherlands score two goals in each half to disrupt USA’s play as they tried to generate positive attack, but the final score stood 4-0.

Head to Head
(since 2013)




10 Previous Matches
0 Draws

 

1

Won

9

11

Total Goals

43


What You Need to Know: 
The Netherlands went into last year's Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018 as red hot favorites and completely justified that status, defending the title that they won in 2014 with a string of wonderful, record-breaking performances. Head Coach Alyson Annan, the legendary former Australia international and twice winner of FIH Player of the Year award, created a team very much in her own image: a perfect balance of outrageous talent, discipline and an unbreakable winning mentality. As well as being the world champions, they also became European champions in 2017 and claimed a victory at the Champions Trophy in Changzhou, China at the end of 2018.

The initial squad named by Annan for the FIH Pro League contains a glittering array of gifted individuals including Lidewij Welten, Evan De Goede and Xan de Waard, the trio of athletes who were all shortlisted for the 2018 FIH Player of the Year award. Welten, De Goede and De Waard are three of eight players named in the preliminary Dutch squad to have surpassed the 100 international appearances marker, while the group contains 16 of the 18 players who were pare of the title winning World Cup squad from 2018, not to mention numerous uncapped players who could well be the future superstars. The Dutch will, as ever, be the team to beat.

Recap of The Netherland's Previous Game: Across the border, The Netherlands women made their long awaited FIH Pro League home debut when the took on China, a side they beat 2-1 in Changzhou earlier this year, at SV Kampong in Utrecht in front of a near-capacity crowd bathing in the early evening sunshine. Laura Nunnink rattled the frame of the China goal early in the opening quarter shortly before Caia van Maasakker sent a penalty corner drag flick inside the right post to give the hosts the lead after just 7 minutes.

The Oranje would have been sitting on a comfortable lead were it not for yet another sensational goalkeeping performance from China’s Ye Jiao, who made save after save to deny a Dutch side that was threatening to run riot.

The Netherlands had to wait until 3 minutes before the end of the third quarter before finally got their second goal, with Van Maasakker again on target from a penalty corner situation ahead of a fourth quarter that saw the Dutch move out of sight. A high shot from Federique Matla made it 3-0 before Xan de Waard produced a moment of improvised brilliance, deflecting a pass from Matla around her back to completely deceive Ye, with Martijn Veen and a third for Van Maasakker completing the scoring at 6-0. 

 

The Netherlands' Roster: Click Here