USMNT coach bluntly explains why his team came up short against Netherlands

By , Audacy Sports

The US Men's National Team's World Cup hopes were dashed in Saturday's 3-1 defeat against the Netherlands.

While the final score indicates it was a comfortable victory for the Dutch, the Americans once again controlled the ball for much of the game and had plenty of opportunities to score.

The obvious difference between the teams -- and, indeed, throughout all four of Team USA's World Cup appearances -- was the ability to put the ball in the net. Or lack thereof.

Coach Gregg Berhalter, who played for the US' 2002 World Cup squad that reached the quarterfinals, even said as much while speaking with reporters after Saturday's game.

"The difference of the two teams, to me, there was some offensive finishing quality that Netherlands had that we were lacking a little bit," Berhalter said. "We have a young group, and they are going to catch up to that."

He even cited Netherlands striker Memphis Depay, who opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute.

"We don't have a Memphis Depay right now."

But Berhalter's analysis didn't sit well with some Team USA fans, who questioned the team's roster construction -- only three strikers on the roster, one which was unavailable against Holland after getting injured vs. Iran -- and Berhalter's lineup choices.

LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy Sports
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Featured Image Photo Credit: Getty