USMNT vs. Japan score: Live updates from 2022 FIFA World Cup tune-up for United States. Heading to their seventh consecutive World Cup, the Samurai Blue will provide a solid test. Berhalter has already confirmed that the spine of his team will be manned ….
In the first of their last two two tune-up matches for the United States mens national team theyll clash with Japan. Gregg Berhalters men are in Germany to see if their injury-riddled team can stand up to Japans potent attack. Heading to their seventh consecutive World Cup, the Samurai Blue will provide a solid test. Berhalter has already confirmed that the spine of his team will be manned by Matt Turner in net protected by Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman as his center back pairing Sam Vines will also start at left back. Likely to go with a strong lineup, all eyes will be on who replaces the injured Yunus Musah as if someone like Johnny Cardoso features and impresses, it could be an easy way to make the World Cup roster.
The defense has held strong but thats more of a credit to Turner than praise for their performance so far. The midfield hasnt been able to move the ball quickly and are being outworked consistently. The United states are a team that is able to string passes together but its not something that weve seen so far 20 mintues into this game. An important note is that with them playing top opposition, the match is still 0-0 so theres plenty of time to turn things around.
The Americans are getting down the right regularly through de la Torre and Sergino Dest as Jesus Ferreira misses a tough yet wide open header in front of goal. But the passing has been fairly sharp early down the right, and that was a fine ball from Dest.
It has been a rough time for progressing the ball as Japan has already taken two shots despite having 38 percent of the ball. Walker Zimmerman has been trying to play the ball over the top but Serginio Dest created the best chance for Ferreira after slipping by Japans high line.
Ito intercepts a pass and tests Matt Turner within the first minute. A great warning for the USMNT to be on their game as Japans press can cause problems.