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USMNT vs. Japan Live Stream, Forecast: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time, News, Opportunities

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With games every four days, the depth of the United States will be tested during the World Cup, with Gregg Berhalter having to dig deep to use his entire 26-man roster. But he probably didn’t expect to go beyond his expected 26 during this international period. With Tim Weah, Antonee Robinson, Zach Steffen and Yunus Musah sidelined, Berhalter is without four players who were crucial to qualifying for the World Cup.

He will also without depth players Chris Richards and Cameron Carter-Vickers in defense. Those two are already battling to replace the injured Miles Robinson, so Berhalter will be down to the bone during this international break. That makes this the perfect opportunity for Berhalter to see how much depth he has in this squad. Japan are a quality side that will push the United States and seven players on this roster have less than 10 caps for the national team.

Although Antonee Robinson is a starter if he is healthy, his backup is unknown, making this camp a significant moment for Joe Scally and Sam Vines to compete for their spots in Qatar. Likewise, Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long as centre-backs will likely be the starters at the World Cup, but who will support them is a wide-open race. Erik Palmer-Brown and Mark McKenzie have chances to impress after not being on this roster when it was initially released.

Palmer-Brown has been a constant starter for Troyes since the turn of the year, while McKenzie was able to earn a starting role for Genk three games into the season. Both have a lot to prove with the national team, but by performing in this camp, Berhalter shows that they have it in them. Jonny Cardoso is a surprising addition to the squad replacing Musah, but he is in the form of his life at Internacional.

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With three goals and two assists in 17 games, Cardoso could remain in the squad even if Musah returns to impress in this camp. Luca de la Torre has played just 11 minutes for Celta Vigo since moving to Spainso his spot cannot be considered sealed, despite being one of the first midfielders off the bench during qualifying.

Berhalter wants to finalize his World Cup roster before November 9, so there isn’t much time left to make a good impression on the coach. Even if they don’t make it, if this camp has shown anything, there’s a good chance the 55-man tentative roster will be needed. Staying ready is critical, even for those who don’t make the World Cup roster.

Here are our storylines, how to watch the match and more:

How to look and opportunities

  • Date: Friday 23 Sept. | Time: 8:25 a.m. ET
  • Place: Mekur Spiel-Arena — Dusseldorf, Germany
  • TV: ESPN2 | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Caesars Sportsbook odds: Japan +140; Sign +210; USMNT +175

Storylines

USMNT: Since these are the last games the United States will play before the World Cup, Berhalter expects a strong line-up. Berhalter has confirmed that Matt Turner, Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman will start the match. The USMNT has not lost in four games and Costa Rica is the only team to have beaten them in their last eight games, so the expectation is that while Japan is a strong squad, the United States should be able to take on the challenge ahead of them. Japan is a good test for a defense that is far from the first choice, but also offers openings for the midfield.

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Japan: The Samurai Blue are about to appear in their seventh consecutive World Cup after taking 15 wins in AFC qualifiers, where Takumi Minamino and Yuya Osako were the top scorers with 10 goals each. These two sides have not met since 2006 in a friendly that the USMNT won 3-2. However, the current groups are not complete strangers to each other, because Takehiro Tomiyasu suits Matt Turner at Arsenal. Takefusa Kubo will be one to keep an eye on as he was always present at Real Sociedad while establishing himself as an emerging young forward in La Liga.

Forecast

Japan will provide a good test, but with the USMNT attack in shape, they will find a way to get Josh Sargent in the targets. Choose: United States 3, Japan 1

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