International Friendly: USA vs. Japan – Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels – US Soccer

International Friendly: USA vs. Japan - Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels - US Soccer

Japan vs. USMNT
International Friendly
September 23, 2022
Düsseldorf Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany
Pregame Coverage: 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN+; 8:20 am ET on UniMás, TUDN
Kick-off: 8:26 is ET on ESPN2, ESPN+, UniMás, TUDN
Social Media: @USMNT on Twitter and Instagram; American Football on Facebook The American Football App

Today’s USMNT Starting XI vs. Japan: 1-Matt Turner, 2-Sergiño Dest, 3-Walker Zimmerman (capt.), 4-Tyler Adams, 5-Aaron Long, 6-Sam Vines, 8-Weston McKennie, 9-Jesús Ferreira, 11-Brenden Aaronson, 14 -Luca de la Torre, 21-Gio Reyna

Subs: 18-Ethan Horvath, 25-Sean Johnson, 7-Paul Arriola, 12-Erik Palmer-Brown, 13-Jordan Morris, 15-Johnny Cardoso, 16-Mark McKenzie, 17-Malik Tillman, 19-Ricardo Pepi, 20 -Reggie Cannon, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 24-Josh Sargent, 26-Joe Scally


  • USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Weston McKennie (36), Walker Zimmerman (32), Tyler Adams (31), Aaron Long (28), Brenden Aaronson (23), Matt Turner (19), Sergiño Dest (18), Jesús Ferreira (14), Gio Reyna (13), Luca de la Torre (12), Sam Vines (9)
  • Today’s Starting XI has an average age of 24 years, 143 days and an average cap number of 20.
  • Forward Gio Reyna makes his first international start in over a year, last doing so in the 0-0 draw in El Salvador to open FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying on September 2, 2021. Reyna dons the number 21 shirt today , the same. number his father Claudio carried a total of 42 times for the USMNT, including at the 1998 Soccer World Cup.
  • Defender Sam Vines makes his first USMNT appearance since the Concacaf Gold Cup Final against Mexico on August 1, 2021, and earns his first start since the semifinal against Qatar on July 29, 2021. Thanks to that appearance against this year’s World Cup hosts, Vines is the only USMNT starter to have played against opposition from the Asian Football Confederation.
  • After missing both the March and June international windows, defender Sergiño Dest makes his first appearance since the January 30 World Cup Qualifying match in Canada.
  • Walker Zimmerman captains the side for the sixth time today.
  • Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre and Weston McKennie start together in midfield for the first time today.
  • The forward line of Brenden Aaronson, Jesús Ferreira and Gio Reyna also start together for the first time today.
  • Jesús Ferreira leads all USMNT players with five goals in eight matches during 2022.
  • Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman partner in central defense for the 10th time The USMNT is 7-1-1 when the veteran duo pair together on the backline.
  • Three starters represented clubs here in Germany. Gio Reyna played for Borussia Dortmund from 2019, Weston McKennie lined up for Schalke from 2017-2020 and Tyler Adams represented RB Leipzig from 2019-2022.
  • Should he enter tonight’s match, midfielder Kellyn Acosta will feature against the country of his father and grandmother’s birth.
  • Christian Pulisic is out of today’s roster due to a knock he picked up in training earlier this week. He will be assessed day-to-day for his availability to play against Saudi Arabia on September 27 in Murcia, Spain.
  • The USMNT will field 25 players, while Japan will field 26 for today’s game. Six substitutions are allowed at three different times. Half time does not count as a substitute moment.
  • The USMNT is 1-1-0 all-time against Japan. The Samurai Blue won the first meeting, a 3-1 victory on March 14, 1993 in Tokyo. The United States won the last meeting, winning a 3-2 result on February 10, 2006 in San Francisco.
  • The USMNT is 36-9-9 in 54 matches under Gregg Berhalter.
  • Today’s match marks the team’s third neutral site friendly under Berhalter. The United States scored a 6–2 victory against Panama on November 16, 2020, and a 4–1 victory against Jamaica on March 25, 2021. Both matches were played in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
  • Felix Zwayer of Germany is the referee for tonight’s match. This is the first time he has officiated a USMNT match.

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