Daichi Kamada scored after Weston McKennie’s draw in the 24th minute, Kaoru Mitoma added a goal in the 88th, and Japan beat a lackluster and exhausted United States 2-0 2-0 in Düsseldorf, Germany, in the second round on Friday. round of the Americans. Last warm-up of the World Cup.
The Americans did not manage a single shot on goal, played a lousy first half and showed only slightly more initiative after four half-time substitutions. They have one win, five losses and four draws in 10 away games since a win in Northern Ireland in March 2021, and just one goal in their last five away games.
American star Christian Pulisic was not dressed due to an unspecified injury. The 14th-ranked Americans are now without Tim Weah, Yunus Musah, Chris Richards, Antonee Robinson and Zack Steffen, and Miles Robinson will miss the World Cup with a torn Achilles tendon.
A series of defensive lapses plagued the US in the first half and put pressure on goalkeeper Matt Turner, who has played just one game this season for Arsenal. Turner made a pair of diving saves in the second half, off Junya Ito in the 55th and Kamada in the 65th.
Kamada scored after McKennie took a pass from Tyler Adams and hit a back pass. Hiroki Sakai ran to the ball and passed it to Ito. He passed the ball to an open Kamada, who beat Turner to the far post from about 12 yards for his sixth international goal.
No 24 Japan was initially penalized for offside, but the goal was awarded after a video review determined that Kamada was put onside by Walker Zimmerman.
Mitoma scored his fifth international goal, turning Reggie Cannon around in the second half and bending the ball around Zimmerman to beat Turner at the far post with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area.
Jesús Ferreira had the best chance for the USA in the seventh minute, when he headed wide over the crossbar from Sergiño Dest’s cross.
The United States has one last exhibition before the World Cup, against 53rd-ranked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in Murcia, Spain. The USSF said it was too early to determine if Pulisic would be available.
Back at the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament, the Americans open in Qatar against No. 19 Wales on November 21, play fifth-placed England four days later and close out the first round against No. 22 Iran on November 29.
Japan, preparing for its seventh consecutive World Cup, opens against No. 11 Germany on November 23, takes on No. 34-ranked Costa Rica four days later and closes pool play against No. 6 Spain on December 1st.
Players shouting at each other was heard during a match played before a crowd of less than 10,000 people at the 54,600-capacity Merkur Spiel-Arena.
Gio Reyna and Dest started despite not appearing in 90-minute matches for their clubs this season. Reyna, fit after a leg injury ruined her 2021-22 season, hadn’t started for the US in a year. He wore the number 21 jersey of his father, former US captain Claudio Reyna.
Japan gained possession in the US defensive third eight times in the first half, matching the most in a half against the Americans since 2010, according to Opta Sports.
Josh Sargent, Jordan Morris, Cannon and Mark McKenzie came on to start the second half in place of Ferreira, Reyna, Dest and Aaron Long.
Japan will play No. 44 Ecuador on Tuesday in Düsseldorf and No. 43 Canada on November 17 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.