Netherlands depleted ahead of U.S. game

August 7, 2008
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
TIANJIN, China -- If there is any truth to the adage that timing is everything, the men's Olympic soccer match Sunday between the United States and the Netherlands just might be proof. What initially was thought to be a mere formality for the Dutch masters now looks to be nothing of the sort, given the depleted roster at the disposal of Dutch coach Foppe de Haan. And this confluence of circumstances increases the odds -- however slim -- of the U.S. team punching a ticket to the second round.
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