USMNT lost to Japan Friday just 59 days before their 2022 World Cup campaign kicks off.
Daichi Kamada gave Japan the lead in the first half as Samurai Blue looked more dangerous throughout. Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT could not cope with the Japanese press. Kaoru Mitoma wrapped up the match with a late strike, heading home to make it 2-0 and seal a deserved win.
Berhalter’s team fired no shots in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Americans looked completely out of sync throughout the friendly. The 49-year-old head coach hopes to put things right against Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain on September 27.
The former Columbus Crew boss took over the national team in December 2018. The USMNT is 36-10-9 in 55 appearances under Berhalter, a 65.4% win rate.
Berhalter guides USMNT to 2022 World Cup
Berhalter is a popular figure among players and fans who have guided the United States to this year’s World Cup. During his tenure with the national team, he established himself as a player coach who facilitated a culture that players want to be part of. He played a key role in players choosing to play for the USMNT over other countries.
Group B at the World Cup
USMNT will play in Group B at the World Cup. On November 21, they face Wales in their campaign opener. They will then face two more Tests against England (November 25) and Iran (November 29) in a bid to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.
Including June’s 3-0 win over Morocco and a scoreless draw against 13th-placed Uruguay. the USMNT will have faced four different World Cup teams before heading to Qatar in November.