Fans wait for the start of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and the United States, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Saturday. AP / Reuters / AFP
United States coach Gregg Berhalter handed a surprise recall to central defender Walker Zimmerman for Saturday's World Cup last-16 clash against the Netherlands at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Nashville defender Zimmerman, who was dropped for Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Iran, returns to the starting line-up in place of Celtic's Cameron Carter-Vickers to resume his partnership with Fulham's Tim Ream.
Zimmerman started the USA's first two games of the World Cup, a 1-1 draw with Wales and a 0-0 stalemate against England, conceding a crucial late penalty against the Welsh.
Memphis Depay of the Netherlands vies for the ball with Walker Zimmerman in Doha. AP
Carter-Vickers impressed against Iran on Tuesday and had been expected to start against the Dutch.
Zimmerman was one of two changes in the US starting line-up as the Americans chase a quarter-final berth against a Dutch team that is unchanged from their final group game against Qatar.
Norwich striker Josh Sargent failed to recover from a knock suffered against Iran and is replaced by Colombian-born FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira.
Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, who suffered a pelvic injury while scoring the winning goal against Iran, was also named in the starting line-up after passing a fitness test.
Andries Noppert; Jurrien Timber, Virgil van Dijk (capt), Nathan Ake; Denzel Dumfries, Marten de Roon, Frenkie de Jong, Daley Blind; Davy Klaassen; Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay
Coach: Louis van Gaal
United States (4-3-3)
Matt Turner; Sergino Dest, Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah; Tim Weah, Jesus Ferreira, Christian Pulisic
Coach: Gregg Berhalter
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
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Taking place under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, the event will be contested by 17 teams with some of the top names in the badminton world including Olympic medallists to lead their respective teams.