U.S. men surprise Dutch with 4-3 victory
The United States had been 0-4 against the Netherlands and had just given up two second-half goals, keeping up the pattern of defensive mistakes that has plagued the Americans since last year’s World Cup.
Then the U.S. bounced back — in stunning fashion.
The Americans rallied to beat the Dutch, 4-3, in an exhibition Friday night in Amsterdam, giving Coach Juergen Klinsmann another milestone, following the Americans’ first victory against Italy and first win at Mexico.
Danny Williams got the tying goal in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood scored 96 seconds later, the first international goal for each. Both were part of a lineup filled with second-half substitutes.
“I was just kind of in shock,” Wood said.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar split the central defenders and scored on headers in the 27th and 49th minutes and assisted on Memphis Depay’s 53rd-minute goal as the sixth-ranked Netherlands built a 3-1 lead.
The Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes got his first international goal in the 33rd for the U.S., which reached halftime in a 1-1 tie despite having only 39% possession.
Tackle Davis joins list of 49ers retirees
Right tackle Anthony Davis announced his retirement from the San Francisco 49ers in yet another shocking loss for the team this offseason, and it was unclear whether the decision stemmed from his difficulties with a concussion last year.
The 25-year-old Davis informed the team Friday through a text message to Coach Jim Tomsula before the team practiced.
“After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my brain and body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s OK,” Davis said in a statement provided by agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Davis becomes the fourth prominent 49ers player to retire in three months — joining linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland and defensive end Justin Smith.
Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker underwent left foot surgery and probably will miss the start of training camp, but he’s expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular sea- son. The former Louisville receiver had surgery on the same foot last year, when he sat out the first seven games of his senior season. He had another procedure to replace a screw.
Welterweight Robert Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) tries to revive his boxing career as he faces East L.A.’s Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) Saturday at StubHub Center in a scheduled 10-round bout.
Guerrero has lost two of his last three fights, including a one-sided decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2013, and Guerrero was knocked down in another lopsided decision loss to Keith Thurman in March in a WBA welterweight title bout in Las Vegas. This is Martinez’s first bout since losing by TKO in the fifth round against Josesito Lopez in April 2014.
— Barry Stavro
Brittney Griner filed for an an- nulment with Glory JohnsonGriner on Friday, a day after Johnson-Griner announced she’s pregnant and a month after the two WNBA players were married.
Griner, the 6-foot-8 Phoenix Mercury star, married JohnsonGriner on May 9, three weeks after they were arrested in Arizona on domestic violence charges for a fight at their home in suburban Phoenix.
Kurt Busch turned a lap at 177.599 mph and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., after a bizarre qualifying session that saw five cars fail to complete a lap in the final round.
Carl Edwards joins Kurt Busch on the front row.
Matt Crafton held off a hardcharging Daniel Suarez on two late restarts to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Fort Worth.