• The United States and Japan will meet in a duel full of great adrenaline and young talent that seeks to exploit for Qatar 2022

There are two months to go until the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and both teams are experiencing moments of enthusiasm, with the United States returning to the World Cup after its absence in Russia and Japan looking to surprise in its seventh consecutive participation in the tournament.

US coach Gregg Berhater manages the youngest team to qualify for Qatar 2022, averaging 23.82 years, almost two years younger than the second-youngest team, Ghana (25.67).

Christian Pulisic, European champion with Chelsea in 2021, Gio Reyna, from Borussia Dortmund, Serginho Dest, from Milan and former Barcelona, ​​guide a team that will not be able to count on Yunus Musah, from Valencia, who fell in this friendly off the injury list.

High-level youth on Team USA

Added to the important group of players who compete in high-level teams in Europe are pieces like Jesús Ferreira, of Colombian origin, who has scored 18 goals in the American MLS.

Berhalter’s side have qualified for Qatar 2022 and are drawn in Group B with England, Iran and Wales.

Japan is a care team for America

In front, the United States will face a Japan that flew to Qatar 2022 after qualifying second in Asia, behind Saudi Arabia.

The Japanese team missed out on advancing as group winners when they drew on the last day against bottom-seeded Vietnam, allowing Saudi Arabia to take the lead.

It will be Japan’s seventh consecutive appearance at the World Cup, after reaching the round of 16 in Russia 2018, when they squandered a 2-0 lead and lost to Belgium.

The Japanese are framed in a high-level group, E, with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica.

Japan’s young talent

Among the team’s talents, Takefusa Kubo, formerly of Real Madrid and current Real Sociedad midfielder, stands out.

He scored a goal this year with the San Sebastián club and provided two assists in his last two games, against Omonia in the Europa League and against Espanyol in LaLiga.

As many as 22 members of Japan’s roster for this friendly are competing in Europe.

United States heading to the World Cup Qatar 2022

After this friendly, the United States will face Saudi Arabia in Murcia, while Japan will face Ecuador in Dusseldorf.

The United States and Japan teams will meet this Friday in Dusseldorf (Germany) in a friendly prior to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, in which both teams will show off young talents such as Luca De La Torre, from Celta Vigo, or Takefusa Kubo, from the Royal Society.

Likely Lineups

Japan: Gonda; Nagatomo, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, Sakai; Kamada, Endo, Morita; Kubo, Furuhashi, Maeda.

United States: Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, McKenzie, Scally; McKennie, Adams, De La Torre; Pulisic, Reyna, Ferreira.



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