Lindsey Horan Goal Thrills Fans as USWNT, Netherlands Draw at 2023 Women’s World Cup

Lindsey Horan Goal Thrills Fans as USWNT, Netherlands Draw at 2023 Women’s World Cup
Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVJuly 27, 2023

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 27: Lindsey Horan #10 of the United States celebrates scoring during the second half against the Netherlands during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group E match at Wellington Regional Stadium on July 27, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/USSF/Getty Images)

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Don’t make Lindsey Horan mad. You wouldn’t like her when she’s mad.

The United States’ midfielder and co-captain scored a crucial game-tying goal in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. The equalizer came off a corner after a bit of a dust-up that stopped play.

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Moments before the goal, Daniëlle van de Donk and Lindsey Horan were spoken to by the referee after a hard challenge and pushing in the box.

Lindsey Horan had the last laugh… pic.twitter.com/mBhVryHcDo

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LINDSEY HORAN SENDS THE ULTIMATE MESSAGE 🇺🇸

THE @USWNT HAS LEVELED IT 🤫 pic.twitter.com/IV7hnG4CyK

USWNT Twitter, not surprisingly, loved Horan’s reaction to the back-and-forth:

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes

DAWG!!!!!!

Abby Wambach @AbbyWambach

That’s what I’m talking about!

Ninja @Ninja

That was such a pretty goal from Horan just TEXT BOOK LETS GOOO #USA

Stu Holden @stuholden

HORAN F*K YES… They stoked the bear and she dunked on them. @USWNT

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

10’s our best player,.. she is awesome to watch play the soccer

Clint Smith @ClintSmithIII

THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE LINDSAY HORAN MAD DON’T MESS WITH MY CAPTAIN LETS GOOO

Nancy Armour @nrarmour

Do not piss off Horan. USWNT ties it up on her header off a CK in the 62nd.
Whole new ballgame now, folks https://t.co/fGEcKZdklu

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

Horan after the equalizer pic.twitter.com/kw8NX5o1mJ

Caroline Darney @cwdarney

Lindsey Horan after that foul #USWNT pic.twitter.com/kXkLHsdkX1

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie

Lindsey Horan will accept no tomfoolery from the Dutch.

The match was very much a tale of two halves.

The Dutch were very good in the opening 45 minutes, controlling both the midfield and possession en route to a 1-0 lead behind a pinpoint strike from Jill Roord:

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NETHERLANDS STRIKES FIRST 🇳🇱

Jill Roord fires it into the bottom corner of the net! pic.twitter.com/E3eWRb3GmL

But the United States subbed on Rose Lavelle in the second half, adding a bit more creative presence on the pitch. That proved vital, as the USWNT absolutely peppered the Netherlands goal with chances in the final 45 minutes, though it was unable to secure the winning tally.

In the end, the Dutch won the possession battle (57 percent) but the chances were dramatically in the favor of the United States. The Americans outshot the Netherlands by a wide margin (18-5, 4-1 on target) and had a whopping 11-1 advantage in corners.

At the half, an eventual 1-1 draw might have seemed like a great result. The Dutch undoubtedly outplayed the United States early on. But the Americans were so good in the second half, and had so many chance, that a draw ultimately felt like a disappointment.

Still, the United States remains atop Group E on four points, with a goal differential of +3. Netherlands is in second, also on four points but with a goal differential of +1.

The United States would guarantee its spot in the knockout phase with a win over Portugal on Tuesday (12 a.m. ET, Fox), though a draw might suffice. At the very least, the Portuguese would be wise to not rile Horan up.

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