Teams from the United States and Japan will meet this Friday in a friendly ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup in Düsseldorf (Germany), with both teams showcasing young talents like Luca de la Torre from Celta Vigo or Takefusa Kubo. from the Royal Society.
With two months left for the World Cup to begin in Qatar, both teams are experiencing moments of excitement, with the United States returning to the World Cup after their absences in Russia and Japan, and surprising their seventh consecutive participation in the tournament. is visible. ,
American coach Greg Berhalter 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, guides a team that will not be able to rely on Yunus Moussa from Valencia, who fell in this friendly injury off the list.
Among the significant group of players competing in high-level teams in Europe are pieces such as Colombian-born Jess Ferreira, who has scored 18 goals in the American MLS.
Berhalter’s team has qualified for Qatar 2022 and are drawn into Group B along with England, Iran and Wales.
Up front, the United States will face a Japan that will fly to Qatar 2022 after qualifying for second place in Asia behind Saudi Arabia.
The Japanese team lost the opportunity to advance to first place in the group when they drew against bottom-up Vietnam on the final day, which allowed Saudi Arabia to snatch the lead.
This will be Japan’s seventh consecutive appearance at the World Cup, after Russia reached the Round of 16 in 2018, when they lost a 2–0 lead and lost to Belgium.
The Japanese have been implicated in a high-level group, E, along with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica.
Among the team’s talents, Takefusa Kubo, formerly of Real Madrid and current Real Sociedad midfielder, stands out.
He scored one goal with the San Sebastian club this year and provided two assists in his last two matches, against Omonia in the Europa League and against Espanyol in LaLiga.
22 members of Japan’s roster are competing in Europe for this friendship.
After this friendship, America will face Saudi Arabia in Murcia, while Japan will face Ecuador in Düsseldorf.
Japan: Gonda; Nagatomo, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, Sakai; Kamada, Ando, Morita; Kubo, Furuhashi, Maeda.
United States: Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Mackenzie, Scali; McKennie, Adams, de la Torre; Pulisic, Reyna, Ferreira.
Timings: 2:30 pm local (-2 GMT).
Stadium: Düsseldorf Arena (Germany).