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Americans rally from two down to beat Dutch 4-3 in friendly

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Americans rally from two down to beat Dutch 4-3 in friendly

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Bobby Wood scored a 90th-minute winner Friday as the United States rallied from two goals down to beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a friendly at the Amsterdam Arena.

Jurgen Klinsmann's team trailed 3-1 with 20 minutes left but John Brooks started the comeback in the 71st and the Americans netted twice more in the last three minutes of regulation time for their first ever win over the Dutch.

Wood slotted in his first international goal two minutes after Danny Williams had made it 3-3 with a shot that flew in after deflecting off Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.

"I was lucky that my shot deflected at the end," Williams said. "It's an absolutely fantastic feeling to win against Holland in Amsterdam."

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had earlier scored two headers and assisted on Memphis Depay's goal. Gyasi Zardes equalized for the U.S. after Hunterlaar's first goal.

Huntelaar tied and then moved past Patrick Kluivert into second place on the list of all-time top scorers for the Netherlands, taking his international tally to 41 goals in 72 matches. Dutch captain Robin van Persie tops the list, but couldn't add to his 49 goals before he was substituted in the second half.

The Americans secured the win without three key players. Captain Clint Dempsey stayed in Seattle to await the birth of his fourth child, fellow attacker Jozy Altidore is recovering from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was out with a knee injury.

The Netherlands was without Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, whose season was ended by a calf injury.

Klinsmann next takes his team to his home country to play world champion Germany on June 10. The Netherlands has a crucual European Championship qualifier in Latvia next Friday. Guus Hiddink's team is third in Group A after five matches and badly needs a win.

The Americans had early chances but captain Michael Bradley hit the inside of the post and Fabian Johnson slotted the rebound into the side netting.

Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen then saved a shot by Brek Shea in the 22nd after the Orlando City forward had surged into the box from the left flank.

The Dutch were more clinical as Huntelaar rose between John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado to head home his 40th international goal from Depay's cross in the 27th.

That lead didn't last long.

Zardes got behind defender Daryl Janmaat in the 33rd to tuck away a cross by Johnson at the far post for his first international goal.

Depay, who is moving from Dutch league champion PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United in the off season, caused the U.S. defense problems throughout the match with his pace and control.

Huntelaar netted his second header to make it 2-1 four minutes after the break, after an inch-perfect cross from the right by half-time substitute Gregory van der Wiel.

Depay made it 3-1 by deflecting a powerful shot by Huntelaar past Guzan in the 53rd.

Brooks cut the lead when he dispossessed Huntelaar inside his own half and then surged forward to meet a cross from the right by substitute DeAndre Yedlin.

That strike paved the way for substitutes Morris and Wood to steal the win in the final minutes.

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Washington Spirit and Australian national players try American treats for first time

Washington Spirit and Australian national players try American treats for first time

Washington Spirit and Australian national players Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison sat down with NBC Sports Washington to taste test a few American favorites and rate the treats. For the first time ever, Aussies Logarzo and Harrison each tried a Twinkie and took a sip of Coke.  

For Harrison, the initial comment after taking a bite was disgust, "Ew."  

However, Logarzo gave the twinkie a 10 out of 10, "if I was seven years old." 

Both players enjoyed the Coke and had tasted it before. 

The Washington Spirit are returning home to their stomping grounds to host Portland Thorns FC at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 17.

Both the Spirit and Thorns are coming off wins from last weekend, with the Spirit defeating Sky Blue FC 3-2 and the Thorns beating the Orlando Pride 3-1. This weekend is a chance for both teams to move up in the NWSL standings. The Spirit currently sits in 6th place (2-1-1), just one spot behind the Thorns in 5th place (2-0-2).

If the Spirit secure a win against the Thorns they could move up as high as second place in the NWSL table, their highest ranking since 2016.

Both the Spirit and the Thorns will be missing a few contributors to their rosters who are currently preparing with the U.S. Women’s National team for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Spirit forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Rose Lavelle will be absent and Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, forward Christine Sinclair and defender Emily Sonnett will be absent as well.

This has been a big week for the Spirit. Both defender Cheyna Matthews and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe received accolades for their contributions in the league.

During the 22nd and 68th minutes of last weeks game against Sky Blue FC, Matthews scored to put Washington ahead. Matthews was nominated for the NWSL’s week five Goal of the Week.

In addition, Bledsoe was named the Westfield W-League’s goalkeeper of the year after helping Sydney FC claim the 2019 W-League title. Bledsoe is only the third American goalkeeper to receive this award.

Spirit vs. Thorns FC takes place at the Maryland SoccerPlex, on the team's first annual Armed Forces Night. The Spirit will show appreciation to veterans and active duty service members at halftime and provide discounted priced tickets to the game.

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Premier League Championship Sunday: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Premier League Championship Sunday: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After successfully avoiding relegation from the Premier League once again, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth square off on Championship Sunday at Selhurst Park on  NBC Sports Washington. 

Both clubs are heading into the final day with some momentum, Crystal Palace winning two of their last three matches and Bournemouth coming off a 1-0 victory over Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday. 

While both clubs have secured safety, Crystal Palace will be looking to avenge a 2-1 loss in October, when a late Junior Stanislas penalty gave Bournemouth all three points. 

Want to watch Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth on NBC Sports Washington? Here are all the details:

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth How to Watch

What: Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth, English Premier League Matchday 38

Where: Selhurst Park, London, UK

When: 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday, May 12

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington

Stream: NBCSports.com/Live or the NBC Sports app. 

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Preview

Record: Crystal Palace (13-7-17, 46 points), AFC Bournemouth (13-6-18, 45 points)

Last Game: 3-2 win at Cardiff City, 5/4 (Crystal Palace), 1-0 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 5/4 (AFC Bournemouth) 

Last Head-to-Head Matchup: AFC Bournemouth 2-1 win on 10/1/2018

Top Scorers: Luka Milivojevic, 12 goals (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson, 14 goals (AFC Bournemouth)