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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 that returns to the World Cup after its absence in Russia and Japan that seeks to surprise in its seventh consecutive participation at the tournament.
The American coach Gregg Berhater manages the youngest team qualified for Qatar 2022, with an average age of 23.82almost two years lower 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 ex-Barcelonaguide a team that will not be able to count on Yunus Musah, from Valencia, who was dropped from the list due to injury, in this friendly.
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 team qualified for Qatar 2022 and is drawn in Group B with England, Iran and Wales.
Japan is a care team for America
In front, the United States will be measured with a Japan who flew to Qatar 2022 after qualifying second in Asia, behind Saudi Arabia.
The Japanese team lost the opportunity to advance as first in the group by drawing on the last day against Vietnambottom, which allowed 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, shines and current midfielder for Real Sociedad.
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 Murciawhile Japan will face Ecuador in Dusseldorf.
The teams from the United States and Japan 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 Real Sociedad.
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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