USMNT has no answer for Japan in friendly loss
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DUSSELDORF, Germany — With the World Cup lower than two months away, the USA males’s nationwide staff hoped to sharpen up its sport towards Japan, but when something, it was the Samurai Blue who appeared extra prepared for the showpiece event, using targets both facet of halftime from Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma to a 2-0 victory.
The scoreline flattered the US staff’s woeful efficiency, because the Individuals appeared fully out of sync all through the match. It is clear that even at this late stage, US supervisor Gregg Berhalter has some work to do.
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1. The US has no reply for Japan’s press
Berhalter usually desires his facet to play on the entrance foot, and that begins with urgent groups excessive up the sector. On today, although, Japan gave the Individuals a style of their very own medication, and it labored to perfection. Living proof was Japan’s objective within the twenty fourth minute, when a turnover from Weston McKennie led to a transition alternative by which Hidemasa Morita discovered Kamada huge open to side-foot previous Matt Turner within the US objective.
The US additionally was sluggish to react to seemingly all the things, taking part in timidly at occasions, and no American was immune from turning the ball over. May it have been nerves or a case of taking part in secure with the World Cup looming? That appears unlikely.
The effectiveness of Japan’s stress meant that the US not often acquired into the type of spots by which it might threaten Shuichi Gonda within the Japan objective, and had simply 5 touches in Japan’s penalty space in the course of the first half — the USMNT’s fewest in a pleasant since 2019. Sergino Dest delivered an inviting cross for Jesus Ferreira within the eighth minute, however the FC Dallas striker might solely balloon his header over the bar. Ferreira’s lack of bodily presence up high, mixed with the absence of Christian Pulisic because of a knock, solely compounded the US staff’s struggles with the ball. The US appeared a bit extra threatening with Joshua Sargent up high within the second half, however not a lot.
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Given the problem that the US had in taking part in out of the again — and this was a midfield drawback as a lot because it was a back-line drawback — it stands to motive that the Individuals’ group stage opponents shall be taking copious notes by way of how you can get on the US protection.
2. Has Turner claimed the US’s No. 1 shirt?
The US had Turner to thank for going into halftime with only a one-goal deficit. Specifically his save from Kamada when he was clear by way of on objective within the thirteenth minute following a giveaway from Walker Zimmerman was spectacular. He additionally commanded his field nicely and made the routine saves he was speculated to make.
The one grievance was Turner’s distribution in some instances, by which his contact and accuracy with the ball was subpar. He’ll have to sharpen that up within the remaining weeks forward of the World Cup.
Was it sufficient to push his nostril in entrance within the battle for the beginning goalkeeper spot? One must assume so, however Berhalter has lengthy had a delicate spot for Zack Steffen. It seemingly will not be till November that we all know this reply for sure.
3. Fringe gamers make little influence
On a day by which alternative beckoned for gamers competing for the previous couple of roster spots, there wasn’t a lot motion. Each Reggie Cannon and Mark McKenzie acquitted themselves nicely in substitute roles, however there wasn’t a lot else of word. By way of starters, Sam Vines did not enhance his inventory in any respect, and the identical was true for Aaron Lengthy, as neither participant appeared as much as the tempo of the match.
In actual fact, if something this was a day by which the absences of some injured gamers had been telling. Pulisic in assault, Yunus Musah in midfield and Chris Richards at centre-back all have to heal up as rapidly as potential.
United States: Matt Turner 8, Sam Vines 4, Aaron Lengthy 4, Walker Zimmerman 5, Sergino Dest 5, Luca de la Torre 4, Tyler Adams 4, Weston McKennie 3, Giovanni Reyna 5, Jesus Ferreira 4, Brenden Aaronson 5
Subs: Jordan Morris 5, Mark McKenzie 6, Josh Sargent 5, Reggie Cannon 6, Malik Tillman 5, Johnny Cardoso 5
Japan: Shuichi Gonda 5, Takehiro Tomiyasu 6, Hiroki Sakai 7, Yuta Nakayama 7, Maya Yoshida 6, Wataru Endo 8, Takefusa Kubo 7, Midemasa Morita 6, Junya Ito 6, Daichi Kamada 7, Daizen Maeda 6
Subs: Daniel Schmidt 5, Shuto Machino 5, Hiroki Ito 5, Kaoru Mitoma 7, Ritsu Doan 5, Genki Haraguchi N/R
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Daichi Kamada, Japan. There have been just a few gamers to select from. Endo ran the present in midfield, and the center-back pairing of Sakai and Nakayama had been composed all through, however Kamada took his objective nicely and was concerned in just a few different slick buildups.
WORST: Weston McKennie, US The identical was true on the different finish of the spectrum, however McKennie’s giveaway that sparked the sequence that led to Kamada’s objective, and that he accomplished simply 69.2% of his passes, stood out from the remaining.
Highlights and notable moments
The numbers, and the graphs that go along with them, informed the story of the US’s impotence towards Japan.
Passes accomplished within the attacking third so far:
Japan 35#USMNT 4
— Invoice Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) September 23, 2022
#USMNT first-half touches…
🇺🇸 The Pulisic-shaped gap is again!
🇯🇵 Japan had 82 attacking-third touches, to 42 for the US pic.twitter.com/DTtOvq56SA
— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) September 23, 2022
USMNT managed ZERO photographs on the right track vs. Japan 🙃 pic.twitter.com/LxshxQMRAG
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 23, 2022
Japan 2-0 USA
— The Analyst US (@OptaAnalystUS) September 23, 2022
Japan put the icing on the cake with a well-taken objective from Mitoma, having dismissed Cannon and the remainder of the American protection.
Japan secured a 2-0 win over the USMNT to kick off the worldwide break 🎯 pic.twitter.com/shduF3c28J
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 23, 2022
After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned
Berhalter: “We have work to do. We clearly want to enhance.
“We have to play with persona, we have to play relaxed, we have to play with depth, and once we do these items, we’re a very good staff. However once we do not, we’re a mean staff.”
Adams: “I felt like we had been simply taking part in into Japan’s hand. We might have discovered fairly simply that they had been urgent us excessive, and the answer, I believe to start with of the sport was in all probability to play a bit of bit extra direct, and little bit in behind to settle that stress, to drop off a bit of bit and create a bit of bit extra space, a bit of bit extra calmness on the ball. But it surely was troublesome. We did not discover options early on and, yeah, as the sport went on, we began to seek out a bit of bit extra options, however we simply did not create any clear-cut possibilities.
“I believe that a number of the groups in Concacaf, you understand, the Mexicos and the Honduras, they’ve pressed us, and we discovered options. We simply wanted to seek out options earlier on. I believe that we had a match plan and I believe it will’ve been efficient if we caught to the, to the sport plan. However typically I simply felt that possibly we simply began to seek for particular person options as an alternative of sticking collectively, sticking to the match plan, staying disciplined in our sport plan . And also you noticed Japan, they did that nicely. That they had one sport plan and it was efficient.”
Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)
– The US is now 1-3-2 this 12 months towards groups which have certified for November’s World Cup.
– Friday was the primary time since a 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Panama in October 2021 that the USMNT had been held to zero photographs on the right track.
– Turner’s six saves had been the second-most by a US keeper underneath Berhalter, who took over in January 2019. (Turner additionally has essentially the most saves in a sport underneath Berhalter, eight, towards Morocco on June 1.)
United States: The USMNT heads to Spain for a Tuesday pleasant towards Saudi Arabia in Murcia. Will probably be the ultimate fixture for the US earlier than its World Cup group stage opener Nov. 21 towards Wales.
Japan: Two extra friendlies on the docket. First up is Ecuador on Tuesday, additionally in Dusseldorf. Then towards Canada on Nov. 17 in Dubai, only one week earlier than the Nov. 23 conflict towards Germany on the World Cup.
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