USMNT vs. Japan: Three important questions for Greg Berhalter’s team ahead of World Cup tune-up

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berhalter gio USMNT vs. Japan: Three important questions for Greg Berhalter's team ahead of World Cup tune-up

USA Men’s National Team on Friday Germany squares off against Japan An important international friendship. The Asian nation will provide a tough test for Greg Berhalter’s men as they prepare for the World Cup in Qatar in November. While injuries are a concern for Berhalter, along with Jack Steffen, Tim Wee, Anthony Robinson, Chris Richards, Younes Musa and Cameron Carter-Vickers, it is a good reminder that the squad will not have a top 26 for the World Cup. One.

Before the match, how to watch and three important questions:

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 23 | Time: 8:25 am ET
  • Place: Mekur Spiel-Arena — Dusseldorf, Germany
  • TV: ESPN2 | Live Stream: fuboTV (try it for free)
  • Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Japan +140; draw +210; USMNT +175

As Japan prepares for its seventh consecutive World Cup, what to watch?

Who will replace Younus Musa in midfield?

One of the biggest questions surrounding the team is how Behalter will set up his midfield. In his pre-match presser, when asked who would replace Musa, Berhalter named almost his entire midfield.

“It gives people like Luca a chance [de la Torre]For guys like Kellin [Acosta], to people like Johnny Cardoso — a good player that we know,” Berhalter said. “So I think those three can fill in admirably. Then we have Malik Tillman or Gio Raina who can fill the midfield position. So it depends on what kind of look we want.

Berhalter was asked about Brendan Aaronson, who filled in for Weston McKenney over the summer, and he made it clear that Aaronson would be a good fit. What’s interesting from his answers is that based on what the depth chart looks like during the qualifiers, De La Torre should be the one to get the nod as he can bring similar skills when it comes to ball advancement. But fitness is certainly a question at the moment, having only played 11 minutes since moving to Celta Vigo. Berhalder’s late call-up to Cardoso could see him get longer minutes after quality performances for the international. Just 20 years old, Cardozo Tillman has seen a late rise in stock on a flight to Qatar similar to his current one.

Japan will be a tough team to crack open, so it makes sense for Berhalter to go with a more creative option and Cardoso has played as a holding mid or shuttler as needed. With three goals and two assists this season, Berhalter could bring a dynamic presence to the midfield three without needing to switch positions with Tyler Adams and McKenney.

Matt Turner will start, but can he take control?

Berhalter confirmed that Matt Turner will start the game Great opportunity Steffen is not on the team. While Berhalter said Steffen was out of the squad due to injury, he drew Middlesbrough’s most recent game 0-0 with Rotherham. While I don’t want to read between the lines that Steffen has lost the number one shirt, Turner’s strong performance will certainly put him in a better spot.

With strong attackers like Daichi Kamada, Takefusa Kubo, Kyogo Furuhashi, Takumi Minamino and Daizen Maeda, Japan is a team that will test America’s defense. Turner will play behind his usual left-back-less backline and has the potential to do so. Blending fit at center back Later in the race Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long started. Add in Sergino Test’s lack of playing time between Barcelona and AC Milan, and Turner will have to make some saves to keep Japan from conceding, but he’ll also get chances to start the team at the break when he’s on his game. Also improved delivery.

How will the pioneers perform?

While the biggest story out of camp has been Jordan Befoke’s absence, Josh Sargent, Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi should show why they deserve to be above him. Much has been made of how similar the forwards he called were but Berhalter preferred to put that to rest.

“They have similar profiles, but I wouldn’t say they are the same. I don’t think you can compare Pepi or Sargent in the air with Jesus. I don’t think you can compare Jesus’ athleticism with Pepi. ,” he said. “I think they’re different, they have some similar attributes, but when you talk about profiles, I think each one of them is different for us. It might be subtle differences but they’re different. When you talk about someone like Jordan [Pefok], he has a completely different profile, which is useful. I don’t always want to emphasize that they are not useful for us, so we evaluate.

Berhalter says he has a lot of information on Befok and will continue to monitor him, but he’s excited to see the sergeant and Peppy back on the team. A strong performance could show why Berhalter made that decision, but if they can’t put the ball in the net, the calls for Beffolk will grow stronger. A collection of nines is a huge result for Berhalder as it could make or break his chances at the World Cup. Sargent has come a long way at Norwich City this season, but leaves the Bundesliga front-runner, who has done nothing but score for his clubs in the past calendar year, for Pepy, who scored his first goal in nearly a year last season. Quite a choice. While there is still time to include Befok on the flight to Qatar if necessary, the players must back their coach to have made the right choice.

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