How to watch USMNT vs.  Japan: start time, preview and more

How to watch USMNT vs. Japan: start time, preview and more

How to watch USMNT vs. Japan: Start Time, Preview, More originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington.

There are only two games left for the United States men’s team before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November.

Both games will be international friendlies as a way to prepare for Qatar. The USMNT will face fellow World Cup nations Japan and Saudi Arabia in both of their contests.

The first is Japan on Friday, which will compete in Group E alongside Spain, Germany and Costa Rica.

Here’s everything you need to know about USMNT vs. Japan:

When is the USMNT friendly against Japan?

The USMNT will face Japan on Friday, September 23.

What time is the USMNT friendly against Japan?

Kickoff time is scheduled for 8:30 am ET in Düsseldorf, Germany.

How to watch the USMNT friendly against Japan

You can watch the game on TV on ESPN2 or stream it live on ESPN+. Broadcasts in Spanish will be available through UniMás and TUDN.

Who are the players to watch in the USMNT friendly against Japan?

What head coach Gregg Berhalter does with his lineups against Japan and Saudi Arabia could indicate what he is planning for Qatar. With multiple positional battles still going on, mostly at goalkeeper and striker, keep an eye on these players against Japan depending on who starts:

Matt Turner vs. Sean Johnson

With Zack Steffen not having the best start to the season, the initial battle for the No. 1 position could fall between Arsenal’s Turner and NYCFCIt’s Johnson. Johnson has more games under his belt this season as Turner is now a substitute at Arsenal, but the performance of the two will be crucial.

Jesus Ferreira vs. Josh Sargent vs. Ricardo Pepi

Berhalter chose three strikers with different profiles for these two games, with the exclusion of Jordan Pefok as a central point. Ferriera has 18 goals in 30 league games for FC DallasSargent has six of nine for Norwich City and Pepi has an assist in a game for FC Groningen on loan.

Destination Sergiño

Dest moved to Serie A side AC Milan this summer on loan from FC Barcelona and has made two appearances for the defending Italian league champions in the UEFA Champions League. He is the best fullback in the nation when he is healthy, but keeping fit has been his main problem.

Let’s see how he fares now that he’s back with Reggie Cannon, Joe Scally and DeAndre Yedlin also in the mix for the right back spot. If he’s not there, Dest can also play as a makeshift left-back with current first-choice Antonee Robinson out with injury.

What are the odds for the USMNT friendly against Japan?

Friday’s friendly is seen as a relatively close duel, according to our partner, PointsBet:

USMNT wins: +175

Japan wins: +150

Draw: +220

Publisher’s note: All odds are provided by our Partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking on our links.

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