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Netherlands player celebrates World Cup exit for USWNT ‘big mouths’

Netherlands forward Lineth Beerensteyn was pleased when she learned of the USWNT's World Cup exit. (Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

As the U.S. women’s national team mourned its defeat to Sweden in the Round of 16, its earliest ever World Cup exit, an old foe rejoiced.

“Yes! Bye!” Netherlands forward Lineth Beerensteyn thought when she learned the news, as she shared Thursday.

The USWNT played the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in the group stage after beating the Dutch in the 2021 Olympic quarterfinals and in the 2019 World Cup final. Beerensteyn was hardly displeased by the USWNT’s stunning World Cup exit.

“From the start of this tournament, they had really big mouths, they were talking already about the final,” Beerensteyn said. “I was just thinking, you first have to show it on the pitch before you’re talking.”

The Netherlands won Group E over the USWNT, then won its Round of 16 game, defeating South Africa, 2-0. Beerensteyn scored in the 68th minute to seal the victory and push the Netherlands to a quarterfinal matchup against Spain at 9 p.m. ET Thursday.

Beerensteyn insisted that she maintains “a lot of respect” for the USWNT players, who have become global stars amid the program’s domination of the sport. The USWNT won the previous two World Cups.

“But now they’re out of the tournament, and for me, it’s a relief,” Beerensteyn said. “For them, and it’s something they will have to take with them in the future: Don’t start to talk about something that is far away. I hope they will learn from that.”

Beerensteyn’s perspective differs from Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani.

“They have so much quality in their team, and this defeat will not take them down,” Asllani said. “Don’t talk s— about the U.S. women.”