US men's soccer loses first friendly of 2022 FIFA World Cup to Japan

US men’s soccer loses first friendly of 2022 FIFA World Cup to Japan

USMNT falls 2-0 to Japan in 2022 FIFA World Cup friendly originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The United States men’s soccer team lost their first friendly match of the 2022 World Cup 2-0 against Japan at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Friday morning.

Daichi Kamada put Japan on the scoreboard early in the game, scoring a goal in the 24th minute. The US team was unable to generate much offense for the next 50 minutes. In fact, by the 75th minute of the friendly match against Japan, the Americans had generated just three shots, none of which were on target.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner led the USMNT on the defensive end, recording six saves and keeping the game close despite a barrage of shot attempts from Japan’s offensive attack. The performance arguably cemented Turner’s status as the team’s starting goalkeeper in Qatar.

However, in the closing minutes of the match, Japan outscored Team USA on the counterattack when Kaoru Mitoma dribbled past Reggie Cannon for a right footed goal in the 88th minute to extend the lead to 2-0. Yuta Nakayama was credited with the assist.

The Americans play Saudi Arabia in the second friendly of the World Cup on Tuesday, September 27.

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