USMNT keeper Matt Turner shines in 2-0 WC tuneup loss to Japan
It’s never a good sign when the biggest professional player on the US men’s national team falls short rife with flaws – a 2-0 loss to Japan, double the penultimate match on FIFA World. Yanks Cup – is goalkeeper Matt Turner. The Arsenal summer signing was called up regularly and made six saves, preventing the match in Germany from turning into a flop.
Almost completely out of Turner’s game, not perfect but in keeping with the American goalkeeping trend of excellence since the turn of the century in the World Cup years, it was the Japanese against the boys. America. The Americans did not have a shot on target for the first time in a year. The best opportunity came early, a seventh-minute header from Jesus Ferreira sent the ball over the bar despite a exemplary cross from Sergino Dest and no Japanese defender got his hands on him. The United States never had a clear chance in front of goal. That’s over 83 grueling minutes.
The problems impending the loss to Japan have nothing to do with Christian Pulisic, who did not play unprepared due to the injury he sustained earlier in the week. Most of the remaining starting and subs will be in Qatar. USMNT . Head Coach Gregg Berhalter’s Isolation Policy operate at the club level. And it’s starting to become tangible holes heading into the league where his future at the helm will be determined. I’m just saying those gaps are obvious now because America has a safety net far behind the World Cup, where there’s time to fix things up. That’s gone, and that’s the inconsistent tone from the Americans.
It was clear that calling the match against Blue Samurai was not enough to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup, which the USMNT has done in its last two appearances at the showcase. For me, it’s a bigger indictment of how boring Yanks’ style of play is. No enthusiasm, no desire to risk and test the Japanese defence, and no creativity. Berhalter at least did something to try to quell the monotonous nature of his team with four substitutes early in the second half. And after a few minutes of pressure near the Japanese goal, it was gone and never to return.
The roster changes made to this game, most notably the inclusion of Sam Vines, are nothing short of remarkable. It is clear that the currently vulnerable Antonee Robinson is indispensable. Midfielders Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman looked shaken. Zimmerman played well against the others, so Long should start at number 11 in Qatar. Don’t forget Ferreira at the top, who scored five goals for the USMNT in 2022. Four of those were against lowly Grenada, so basically a goal against legitimate competition. The quest to find a legitimate number 9 for Qatar failed. And plugging in players with insufficient output in the American attack is ironic. Don’t forget in the last five USMNT games outside of the US, the team has scored one goal, Jordan Morris’ injury-time equalizer against El Salvador in June, and won’t. Quite a confident killer.
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Các vị trí bắt đầu cho November 21 match against Wales seems to be a battle between the two for one of the wing positions opposite Pulisic between Gio Reyna – Claudio’s son – and Brenden Aaronson. My idea of the wrong number nine Tim Weah was not listened to by Sir Gregg. The midfield of Yunus Musah, who was also sore, along with Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams were locked, as were the outer defenders filled by Dest and Robinson. Zimmerman wearing the captain’s armband against Japan signaled his name, leaving the remaining central defender vacant, and Long’s audition failed. There’s still time to consider John Brooks or Tim Ream, because Mark McKenzie won’t cut it either. Maybe try Chris Richards, who doesn’t play against Japan. An odd idea would also be Reggie Cannon, who is more suited to the role of a full-back, but constantly slips through to supplement two central defenders. He has to get on a plane to Qatar after being one of the few non-Turner bright spots from Friday’s game.
Friday’s defeat really gave the appeal of Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, and the final USMNT game until it took on Gareth Bale just before Thanksgiving. The Americans will face off against Saudi Arabia, which will also be in Qatar. Berhalter has nothing to lose when tinkering with the lineup. No one would care about this game if USMNT succeeds at World Cup. If the Yanks were stinking in a place like the kendo duke this morning, it would be easy to look back at these two games and wonder what Greggy-poo could do to avoid the rally. But hey, at least Matt Turner played well.