The weak USA lost to Japan 2-0 in preparations for the World Cup

Daiichi Kamada scored after Weston McKinney’s donation in the 24th minute, Kaoru Mituma added a goal in the 88th minute, and Japan beat a lackluster and injury-stricken United States 2-0 on Friday in Dusseldorf, Germany, in the Americans’ next game – the last World Cup preparation.

The Americans failed to get a single shot on target, played a dismal first half and showed a bit more initiative after four changes in the first half. They have one win, five defeats and four draws in 10 road games since the win over Northern Ireland in March 2021 and just one goal in their last five away games.

American star Christian Pulisic did not wear his uniform due to an unspecified injury. The Americans were already 14th without Tim Weah, Younes Moussa, Chris Richards, Anthony Robinson and Zack Stephen, and Miles Robinson will miss the World Cup with an Achilles tear.

A series of defensive collapses plagued the United States in the first half and put pressure on goalkeeper Matt Turner, who has played only one game this season for Arsenal. Turner saved twice in the second half, on Junya Ito in the 55th minute and Kamada in the 65th minute.

Kamada scored after McKinney received a pass from Tyler Adams and skipped a back pass. Hiroki Sakai ran over the ball and passed it to Ito. He played the ball to the open Kamada, who beat Turner to the far post from about 12 yards to score his sixth international goal.

Ranked #24 Japan was initially called up for offside, but the goal was awarded after a video review determined that Kamada was played alongside Walker Zimmerman.

Mitoma scored his fifth international goal, turning around Reggie Cannon in the second half and bending the ball around Zimmermann to beat Turner to the far post with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area.

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