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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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Wayne Rooney stuns D.C. soccer fans with surprise appearance during World Cup viewing

Wayne Rooney stuns D.C. soccer fans with surprise appearance during World Cup viewing

Washington Dulles International Airport was flooded by soccer fans alike Thursday afternoon awaiting the arrival of one specific person inside the international arrivals terminal: England's all-time goalscorer Wayne Rooney. 

Over 100 fans packed the halls as the 32-year-old made his way out of the airport while posing for pictures and signing autographs. 

Rooney penned a two-and-a-half year guaranteed contract worth about $13 million, which makes him the highest-paid player in D.C. United history. 

He officially becomes available to play for the club beginning July 10, after the transfer window opens. This means his first game could potentially be against Vancouver inside the brand new Audi Field July 10. 

After greeting fans at the airport, Rooney and his camp piled into two blacks SUVs en route to Northeast D.C. 

Little did World Cup fans taking in the England-Belgium match at Wunder Garten know that they were about to be surprised by Wayne Rooney himself. 

In an appearance that lasted just over seven minutes and included a slew of selfies, short conversations and one television interview, Rooney's presence dazzled fans and left others stunned. 

One England native who is now a D.C. resident told me: "We grew up watching him (Rooney) score in the World Cup and that was really important to us. It's hard to believe he just walked through here."

As you would imagine, management at Wunder Garten was thrilled, too.  

"It was great for us because it put us on the map. For someone as famous as Wayne Rooney to come through our establishment, shake hands and hang out, that means a lot. We loved having him here and would love to have him back," said Michael Keller, a member of the bar's management staff. 

 The Englishman will have his hands full as he attempts to put D.C. United back on the map this season. 

Follow Rooney on Twitter and Instagram @WayneRooney. 

World Cup Viewing Guide: The best soccer bars in Washington, D.C.

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World Cup Viewing Guide: The best soccer bars in Washington, D.C.

Although the United States men's national soccer team is irrelevant to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there are still plenty of reasons to watch this summer. 

32 countries are making a run for the Cup, which includes both Iceland and Panama making their debuts in worldwide competition. 

In 2014, almost half of the world's population knew what was at stake. 

3.2 billion people tuned in to watch that year. 

Before venturing out to watch this year's madness, consider this list of local bars in the D.C. area: 

Caddies Bar and Grill (4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814) 

  • This sports bar located in the heart of Bethesda is offering $9.99 lunch specials Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Happy hour: Monday-Friday from 3-8 p.m. featuring $12 Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling pitchers
  • @caddiescordell

 

Dock FC (1400 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002) 

  • Located in a former warehouse, this location is a hub for soccer fans in the D.C. area. 
  • World Cup Package: a pitcher of beer with nachos, churros and wings for $50 
  • Bucket special: 6 beers for $30 (Modelo Especial, Peroni, Heineken & PBR)
  • Food comes from two separate kitchens under the same ownership
  • Tacos/nachos comes from La Puerta Verde
  • Ari's Diner provides burgers, fries and breakfast foods 
  • Four projectors and a slew of TV's 
  • @DockFCDC

(Photo courtesy: @DockFCDC) 

Fado Irish Pub (808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) 

  • Guinness is widely argued as the top beer that goes hand in hand with watching soccer and Fado Irish Pub gives you both
  • $5 drink specials include Guinness, Goose Island, Red Bull and Red Bull Orange
  • June Beer of the Month: Harp Lager 
  • Bucket special: 5 beers for $25 
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday to 2 a.m., Friday-Sunday to 3 a.m.
  • Limited $9.95 brunch deals (avocado toast and Irish breakfasts) 
  • Management is taking reservations throughout the month 
  • @fadodc

 

Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009) 

Per management, here is the official schedule for the World Cup at Franklin Hall: 

  • Saturday games: $3 Pints, $8 Liters of Narragansett 
  • Sunday games: $4 Pints of Founders Solid Gold, $7 Liters of Miller Lite
  • Tuesday games: $4 Port City Optimal Wit, $6 Giant soft Pretzel with Port City beer cheese
  • Wednesday games: $2 off all Liters and free toppings on all sausages
  • @FranklinHallDC

 

Lou's City Bar (1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010 )

  • Located next to Bar Roubaix, which was recently named the official bar of Poland, this NW DC area offers a diverse soccer atmosphere
  • Heineken specials: $4 drafts and $16 pitchers 
  • Fans from Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico crowd this bar and enjoy special dishes from each country
  • @Louscitybar

The Lucky Bar (1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036) 

  • Set to open early throughout the World Cup, Lucky Bar offers special Russian foods for breakfast and lunch
  • Cocktails include The Putin, Moscow Mule and White & Black Russians 
  • Per management, the atmosphere has been electric throughout the first week with big crowds for Denmark, Iceland and Russia 
  • @luckybardc

 

Public Bar (1214 18th St NW B, Washington, DC 20036) 

  • Heineken specials: $5 drafts and $30 buckets 
  • A hot spot for Mexicans, Peruvians, Colombians and Argentinians 
  • Per management, a Mariachi band will be playing ahead of Mexico's match on 6/23 
  • @PUBLICBAR

 

The Queen Vic   (1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002) 

  • This Old English Pub in NE DC offers a traditional British menu for soccer fans throughout the World Cup 
  • Draft specials: $5 Carlsberg and Jameson 
  • Per management, if there is an England match, it will be on with sound throughout the entire bar
  • @thequeenvicdc 

 

Have thoughts on my Top 8? Hop on Twitter and let me know @BobTrosset.