The USMNT showed a number of worrying signs in a 2-0 defeat to Japan on Friday, in the Yanks’ second-to-last friendly before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
To put it bluntly, it was a putrid performance from Gregg Berhalter’s side. With a couple of starters missing due to injury and a lack of quality options at other positions, these are increasingly worrying times for the USMNT.
The US Men’s National Team took on Japan in a friendly on Friday in what was a tune-up for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, and the American side looked terrible. The USMNT, ranked 14th in the world, fell 2-0 to 24th-ranked Japan. The match was played in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Christian Pulisic did not play in the match due to injury. But even Captain America wouldn’t have saved this USMNT squad against Japan. Gregg Berhalter’s side was horrific, to put it lightly.
While the US managed to control 58% of the possession on Friday, it was outshot by Japan 16-4. The USMNT didn’t manage to put a single shot on goal, while the Japanese put eight shots on target.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner, who plays his club soccer for Arsenal, was the lone bright spot for the USMNT making a handful of quality saves.
While at the end of the day this is just a friendly loss for a non-complete Team USA, it’s worrisome. The USMNT will take on Saudi Arabia in its final World Cup friendly next week, and fans will want to see a lot more out of the squad in that matchup.
The 2022 World Cup begins Nov. 20.