THE USMNT is in Germany to face Japan in their first of two international friendlies.
This match will be followed by a trip to Spain where the US will face Saudi Arabia.
Defender Walker Zimmerman is set to win his 32nd cap[/caption]
These matches will be their last before the World Cup in Qatar, giving head coach Gregg Berhalter one last chance to look at his options heading into this winter.
Berhalter, 49, has gone 36-9-9 since taking charge in December of 2018, winning the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup along the way.
His side are undefeated in their last four.
The USMNT will kick off it’s competition with a Group B matchup against Wales on November 21.
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What time does US vs Japan kick off?
- The match will be held at the Düsseldorf Arena in Germany on Friday September 23.
- Kickoff will be at 8.25 am ET.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
- It will be available to watch on ESPN 2, TUDN, and UniMás.
- The match can also be streamed on ESPN+, with subscriptions starting at $9.99 per month.
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ESPN reported that per Berhalter, goalkeeper Matt Turner will start in place of Zack Steffen who is only just returning from an injury.
Also looking to keep a clean sheet are center backs Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman, although it seems unlikely either will play the full 90 minutes.
Berhalter said: “We’ll probably make a sub at half-time, or maybe after that and get another center back in. And then next game, take a look at another one.”
Those other ones could well include Mark McKenzie and Erik Palmer-Brown, who were brought in as injury replacements for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Chris Richards.
Berhalter said: “Mark’s played in some big games, Aaron and Walker played together for three and a half years now, so I think there is familiarity with this group.
“And then for Eric, it’s a good opportunity. He’s playing in Ligue 1. He’s playing against (Kylian) Mbappe and (Lionel) Messi and the quality strikers there.”
Sticking in defense, and left back Sam Vines has also been confirmed to start against Japan.
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Players to watch
Part of the mass exodus from Barcelona over the summer, right back Sergiño Dest is getting some real minutes under his belt after making his long-awaited Serie A debut for AC Milan on September 18.
In the middle of the field, Weston McKennie has landed himself a starting role at Juventus – good news for the US after he missed a large portion of last season through injuries.
Musah’s replacement Johnny Cardoso is also worth keeping an eye on after starting seventeen games and scoring three goals for Brazilian side Internacional this season.
Berhalter is also fortunate to have a solid selection of in form young attackers to choose from.
Attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson has been in fine form for Leeds since joining from Red Bull Salzburg this summer.
Aaronson, 21, has started all six of their Premier League fixtures this season, scoring his first goal for Leeds in their 3-0 win against Chelsea.
After a lengthy spell on the treatment table, winger Gio Reyna has also found his footing in recent weeks for Borussia Dortmund.
The 19-year-old had two assists during his side’s 3-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League earlier this month.
Fellow winger Christian Pulisic has found minutes hard to come by for Chelsea this season, but perhaps some time away with the national team combined with new manager at Stamford Bridge can see his fortunes turn.
Up front, striker Josh Sargent could be the US’ most potent threat.
Sargent has been enjoying a solid run in front of goal, with six in ten appearances in the Championship for Norwich City.
Midfielder Johnny Cardoso will be looking to make the most of his opportunity after Yunus Musah dropped out due to an injury[/caption]
Winger Gio Reyna is hoping to win his thirteenth cap[/caption]