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Danny downs the Dutch in Amsterdam

8 June 2015

Williams on target in stunning US comeback!

Royals midfield Danny Williams scored his first international goal in a dramatic late comeback that saw the US beat a star-studded Holland side in Amsterdam at the weekend.

Schalke's Klass-Jan Huntelaar had scored twice before Manchester United's new acquisition Memphis Depay added a third for the hosts to put them 3-1 up against Jurgen Klinsmann's men.

And the visitors were still 3-1 down when Williams replaced Kyle Beckerman in midfield just after the hour mark. John Brooks added to Gyasi Zardes' first half goal to reduce the deficit to one goal before Williams unleashed a powerful strike that deflected off Luuk de Jong and past Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen to equalise in the 89th minute.

Then, soon after Williams had finished celebrating his leveller, Bobby Wood led a breakaway in injury time to steal a landmark victory for the US!

"It was an unbelievable game, a great effort from the team," Williams told ESPN after a dramatic end to the clash. "I was lucky that my shot deflected, but I have to complement my team. Everyone gave their all, and it’s a fantastic feeling to win against Holland in Amsterdam.

"At first I thought 3-3 is a great result away from home, and Michael passed it, and Morris found Bobby, and yeah, just a great effort from the team.

"I was quite unlucky the last two years with my injuries, and it was tough, but all the hard work I put in … thankfully I was rewarded, and yeah, I think it was the best moment of my career."

Williams, who missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup through injury, made his international bow in 2011 and earned his 15th cap for his national team in Friday night's draw.

The Royals midfield dynamo is now preparing for a second friendly against World Champions Germany in Cologne on Wednesday night.


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