THE USMNT’s World Cup preparations went in the wrong direction against Japan.
In Düsseldorf, Germany, head coach Gregg Berhalter’s side lost 2-0 in the first of two international friendlies this month.
USA fielded a strong line-up including Sergiño Dest, Weston McKennie and Gio Reyna, with Josh Sargent and Johnny Cardoso among the six substitutes.
However, the USA had to do without talisman Christian Pulisic, who was injured before the game.
But despite the young talent and 58 percent possession, the USA managed to hit just four shots without having a single on target.
Corresponding Glen CrooksBerhalter told ESPN after the game that he “would like to see more personality in the match next game – for some reason we didn’t see much [personality]. We can do better.”
Fox Sports’ Doug McIntyre tweeted of the US loss: “What a terrible performance by the #USMNT.
“The Americans have been completely outclassed by Japan and haven’t scored a single shot on goal. If they play like that in Qatar, the American men’s first World Cup trip in eight years will be short.”
That sentiment was reinforced by ESPN’s Herculez Gomez, who tweeted during the game: “The USMNT are being harassed by Japan in a half-empty stadium on neutral ground. 58 days before the start of the World Cup.”
The USA next travel to the Estadio Nueva Condomina in Spain where they take on Saudi Arabia on September 27th.
Saudi Arabia, ranked 53 in the world, plays Ecuador on Friday.
Saudi Arabia will be the last opportunity for the USMNT to impress Berhalter ahead of time World Championshipwith USA starting their tournament on November 21st against Wales.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6288145/usmnt-fail-shot-on-target-japan-world-cup/ USMNT failed to score a single shot on goal in their pre-World Cup loss to Japan