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Japan Defeat Shows Problems Facing USMNT Ahead Of The World Cup

USA National Team

It is difficult to narrow down the issues that the USMNT has heading into the World Cup in two months.

As we saw in today’s lackluster 2-0 defeat to Japan, Gregg Berhalter’s side was second best throughout the friendly, they looked short of ideas in attack and made multiple errors at the back in what was a step in competition for the Americans. difficult test.

The USMNT is not good enough or deep enough to overcome suspensions, injuries or players out of form.

Against Japan for example, Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, Yunus Musah, Chris Richards, Antonee Robinson and Zack Steffen were missing due to injuries.

Gio Reyna was in the starting lineup for the first time for the US since the opening World Cup qualifier at El Salvador on September 2, 2021.

Because of injuries and suspensions, Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie have started together only four times in the last three years: a 2019 friendly against Ecuador, World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Canada in January, and a June friendly against Uruguay.

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