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Japan 2 – USMNT 0

The USMNT lost 2-0 to Japan in an international friendly at Dusseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena to open their September friendly schedule. With the USMNT missing Christian Pulisic due to an injury precaution, coach Gregg Berhalter once again made adjustments. Japan’s Daichi Kamada had a goal called offside in the 24th minute, reversed by the video assistant referee to give Japan the 1-0 lead. Kaoru Mitoma doubled the lead in the 88th minute. The USMNT now travels to Murcia, Spain and a game with Saudi Arabia on September 27.

“I think it was a really competitive match,” Berhalter told ESPN2. “I think we ended up hurting ourselves a little too much in the game with silly giveaways. Want a little more personality in the match. I give Japan a lot of credit, good team, competitive team, they pressed well. But we can do better.”

— GAME REPORT —

Match: United States Men’s National Team vs Japan
Date: September 23, 2022Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Düsseldorf Arena; Düsseldorf, Germany
Attendance: 5,149
Kickoff: 2:26 p.m. CEST
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
JPN 1 1 2

JPN – Daichi Kamada (Hidemasa Morita) 24th minute
JPN – Koaru Mitoma (Yuta Nakayama) 88

Lineups:
USA:1-Matt Turner; 2-Sergiño Dest (20-Reggie Cannon, 46), 3-Walker Zimmerman (capt.), 5-Aaron Long (16-Mark McKenzie, 46), 6-Sam Vines; 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (17-Malik Tillman, 67), 14-Luca de la Torre (15-Johnny Cardoso, 67); 11-Brenden Aaronson, 9-Jesús Ferreira (24-Josh Sargent, 46), 21-Gio Reyna (13-Jordan Morris, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: 18-Ethan Horvath, 25-Sean Johnson, 7-Paul Arriola, 12-Erik Palmer-Brown, 19-Ricardo Pepi, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 26-Joe Scally
Head Coach: Gregg Berhalter

JPN: 12-Shuichi Gonda (23-Daniel Schmidt, 46); 16-Takehiro Yomiyasu, 22-Maya Yoshida (Capt.), 19-Hiroki Sakai (28-Hiroki Ito, 46), 20-Yuta Nakayama; 14-Junya Ito (21-Ritsu Doan, 68), 6-Wataru Endo, 13-Hidemasa Morita, 11-Takefusa Kubo (18-Kaoru Mitoma, 68); 25-Daizen Maeda (29-Shuto Machino, 46), 15-Daichi Kamada (8-Genki Haraguchi, 86)
Substitutes not used: 30-Kosei Tani, 2-Miki Yamane, 3-Shogo Taniguchi, 5-Yuto Nagamoto, 7-Gaku Shibasaki, 9-Kyogo Furuhashi, 10-Takumi Minamino, 17-Ao Tanaka, 27-Yuki Soma
Head coach: Hajime Moriyasu

Stats Summary: JPN / USA
Shots: 16/4
Shots on Goal: 8/0
Saves: 0/6
Corner Kicks: 8/2
Fouls: 16/3
Offside: 0/2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Luca de la Torre (caution) 60th minute

Officials:
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorben Siewer (GER)
4th Official: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
VAR: Dr. Martin Thomsen (GER)
Assistant VAR: Markus Wollenweber (GER)

Photo by John Dorton – ISIPhotos.com

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