“We had to get back on the field at some point to play a real game. So it might as well be against one of the best teams in the world,” said coach Vlatko Andonovski. “We have a lot to do ahead of the Olympics and when we face a really talented Dutch team we can see exactly where we are at the end of this very unusual year.”
The senior Americans haven’t played since winning the fifth annual SheBelieves Cup, just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport worldwide. The Olympics have been postponed and plans for several friendly games before and after the Tokyo Summer Games have been postponed.
The US roster will be announced on Tuesday.
The USSF said the delegation received an exception from the quarantine granted to professional sports organizations. “Everyone who enters the area will be tested for Covid-19 before departure, on arrival and every two days thereafter,” the association said. The team will not begin full training until “the results of all arrival tests are confirmed”.
The US men’s team followed a similar protocol for their friendlies against Wales last Thursday and against Panama in Austria on Monday.
For the visit to the Netherlands, he should rely heavily on players from the NWSL and the European league. The NWSL has been off since mid-October when its fall series ended.
Five outstanding US players switched to the Women’s Super League in England this fall: Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis from Manchester City, Christen Press and Tobin Heath from Manchester United and Alex Morgan from Tottenham Hotspur.
The association seemed likely to allow players to opt out, giving secondary players from October camp the opportunity to play in a high-end friendly.
The US squad has been unbeaten in 31 games in a row (28: 0: 3) since losing to France in January 2019. That stretch included a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final in Décines-Charpieu, France.
“The chance to play against America in the Netherlands doesn’t come up very often in practice,” said Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman. “When we heard that they would like to organize a longer training camp in this region during this time, we of course took the opportunity with both hands.
“It’s a shame that the fans can’t be there now, but we are very lucky that we can ‘only’ play football despite the corona pandemic.”