USMNT outclassed by Japan in every way

USMNT outclassed by Japan in every way

The USMNT showed a number of worrying signs in a 2-0 loss to Japan on Friday, in the Yankees’ penultimate friendly before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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To put it bluntly, it was a putrid performance by Gregg Berhalter. With a couple of starters missing due to injuries and a lack of quality options at other positions, these are increasingly worrying times for the USMNT.

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Below are the player ratings from the USMNT loss to Japan…

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PO – Matt Turner: 5 – As a goalkeeper, we know that Turner is solid and more accomplished than Zack Steffen, the presumed no. 1b/2 goalkeeper (although currently injured), but the 28-year-old Arsenal substitute was once again in shaky possession on Friday, giving the ball away directly or indirectly on a handful of occasions during the disastrous first half.

RB – Sergiño Destiny: 5 – Berhalter clearly wants the USMNT to advance the ball down midfield, which is a bit strange for someone who rose to his current job coaching a (heavily) wing-reliant system at Columbus Crew. In theory, that Berhalter should be great for Dest, who does the best job of him moving forward, but it effectively comes down to staying home in the current setup which, unsurprisingly, doesn’t suit the 21-year-old. everybody.

ST – Walker Zimmerman: 5.5 – He’s probably fine as the complementary piece to a stalwart leader in central defense, but he’s being asked to be that key figure.

CB – Aaron Long: 5 – Not Long’s fault (Berhalter is the one who keeps calling him up and starting him up in a system that doesn’t suit his particular skill set terribly, given the possession and passing demands placed on centre-backs in the system), but it is it is your problem (and America’s).

LB – Sam Vines: 4 – Look, Antonee Robinson is the undisputed starter, but he is currently injured. Vines is probably the third option at left-back (Dest is more likely to slide down the pitch to substitute for him in a full-team tournament scenario), so that’s likely to be a moot point regarding the World Cup. , but Vines was often beaten from behind as he offered nothing going forward.

DM-Tyler Adams: 5 – When you cannot hold and move the ball, any semblance of balance in midfield is destroyed. It looks like wave after wave of pressure after giving the ball away, completely overwhelmed and outnumbered as they run towards their own goal.

CM – Luca de la Torre: 5.5 – Tasked with bringing a much-needed pass to a midfield lacking Yunus Musah, Celta de Vigo’s new player found himself under pressure and without much movement ahead. Not a great setup for a one-dimensional midfielder.

CM – Weston McKennie: 4 – It was tough watching McKennie give the ball away (and then give it away again and again) in the first half, whether or not the Japanese press was right in his face. The following video of Daichi Kamada’s goal begins just after McKennie plays a perfect pass (into his own goal) to provoke a Japanese counterattack with lots of numbers and momentum.

OR – Brenden Aaronson: 6 – It wasn’t pretty (or frequent), but most of what the USMNT managed to create (spec shots either from a distance or from a crowd) came through Aaronson. His energy is a problem for opposing defensive units, but he is the only one.

CF – Jesus Ferreira: 5.5 – Another anonymous performance by a USMNT center forward.

IE – Gio Reyna: 5.5 – He only played 45 minutes (he was not injured) and had a very limited impact due to not receiving the ball in the last third and lack of play combined with Ferreira in the middle.

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