U.S. beats the odds with incredible comeback win over the Netherlands (Video)

Team U.S. celebrate their victory over the Netherlands after their friendly soccer match at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

With about two minutes to play in regulation and the United States men's national team down 3-2 to the Netherlands, which placed third at the World Cup just last summer, you could probably have found takers for a million-to-one bet on the Yanks winning the game.

And if you would have made that bet, you would now be rich.

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Five years and three months since the Americans last traveled to Amsterdam to test themselves against Oranje in preparation for a major tournament, they took an improbable 4-3 win in a chaotic, topsy-turvy game at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday. As such, they avenged the 2-1 loss they suffered there in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup, even if they were overrun all the same. It will make for a nice confidence-booster ahead of the 2015 Gold Cup.

A late Danny Williams equalizer and an even later Bobby Wood winner conspired with Gyasi Zardes and John Brooks goals to outduel Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's should-be hat-trick (but we'll get to that).

This time around, like five years ago, the Dutch movement, passing and skill was far too much for the USA to handle. There were mitigating circumstances aplenty. With Jozy Altidore injured and Clint Dempsey home to witness the birth of his fourth child, the Yanks were bereft of their most important forwards.

But then again, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's unrelenting lust for experimentation made the job more difficult than it had to be. He called in seven defenders, none of whom were Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron or Omar Gonzalez, who had acquitted themselves well in central defense at the World Cup. Predictably, the Dutch – who were sparing a few players for an upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia – ran rampant through the American back line.

Since the 2014 World Cup, however, the Dutch defense has been a shambles. Manager Guus Hiddink took over from Louis van Gaal and changed the 5-3-2 system to a 4-3-3. The sacrifice of a defender has been painful in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016. And it haunted the Dutch again on Friday, as they gave away needless chances all game long.

Still, the Netherlands dominated the game. For the most part, they pinned the Americans back, forcing them to opportunistically lurk on counterattacks. But it was the USA, which fielded an adventurous 4-3-3 formation, that got dangerous first.

Zardes's rocket in the aftermath of a corner was blocked by goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who had earlier been tested by a long Michael Bradley shot. Bradley then knocked a bouncing shot off the post after a quarter of an hour. On the rebound, Fabian Johnson, playing as a right forward on the occasion, hit the other post, but he was offside anyway. The Dutch back line, as expected, quickly proved leaky and error-prone. Brek Shea, for instance, was allowed to lope at Cillessen from left back, but he put his finish right at the goalie.

But before the half-hour mark, the Huntelaar show commenced. First, he ran away from Brooks on a ball headed on by the scintillating Memphis Depay. Brooks recovered in time to block the shot. Then Depay swung in a deep cross, Huntelaar slipped between Ventura Alvarado and Brooks and beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a signature header, his 40th goal for his country.

Just a few minutes later, however, in the 34th minute, the Americans equalized. Johnson dropped a cross toward the far post where Zardes managed to poke it past defender Daryl Janmaat and Cillessen. It was his first international goal – a deftly chipped pass, met by a splendid half-volley finish with the outside of his boot.

The Dutch nearly went ahead again before the break. Depay danced through the back line and tried to make it look all too pretty as he laid off for Robin van Persie, giving Kyle Beckerman time to recover and clear. And Georginio Wijnaldum had a goal disallowed for a foul to the relief of the American defense, which had switched off.

In truth, the chances forged by the Americans throughout the game masked how badly they were overmatched. It's just that the Dutch defense seemed hell-bent to make a game of it by giving the ball away in its own third.

Oranje had 61 percent possession in the opening act. Nonetheless, Klinsmann claimed to ESPN at halftime that "We really play a match eye to eye." That seemed like a silly thing to say then.

But Guzan made a point-blank save on a Van Persie header to start the half, and Beckerman cleared the striker's backheel from the rebound off the goal line to rob him of his 50th international goal.

In the 49th minute, Janmaat's cross found Huntelaar, who beat the substitute Michael Orozco to the ball and headed home his second. Shortly thereafter, Brooks had a goal disallowed on a thumping header for a foul by Zardes. But then, in the 53rd, Huntelaar's shot from the edge of the box went off Depay's face, off the far post, and in. The goal was officially credited to Memphis, but that seemed like the wrong call.

Anyway, the Americans didn't roll over. Bradley and Zardes had good looks while Mix Diskerud put a shot just wide. Meanwhile, Guzan made a fine save on Wijnaldum and, in a mad scramble, saw Luuk de Jong deflect a ball off the post, keeping the U.S. in the game.

In the 70th minute, Brooks brought the USA closer. He won the ball centrally and pushed up. Bradley dispatched DeAndre Yedlin, who squared back for Brooks to tap it home to make it 3-2. That's when the game opened up even further.

And in the 88th minute, an American corner was only cleared out to Danny Williams, whose shot was deflected in off the underside of the bar to equalize.

Guzan then provided more heroics as he saved another shot by de Jong, who smashed the rebound off the near post. And on the ensuing play, Wood and Jordan Morris, who had provided a spark off the bench, combined for the winner. Bradley played Morris, the collegian, through the back line and he squared for Wood to sweep home the winner. He was so open, in fact, that Diskerud, standing just behind him, could have done it as well.

And so, to the consternation of the Dutch and their orange-clad army, and plainly to the surprise of the Americans themselves, they had another famous friendly win away over a traditional powerhouse country.

What to make of this game, exactly, will be a matter of some contemplation. The Americans were outplayed yet produced a boatload of chances. And in soccer, in the end, the scoreboard tells the only truth.

Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @LeanderAlphabet.