Japan vs. USMNT
September 23, 2022
Düsseldorf Stadium, Düsseldorf, Germany
Pre-game coverage: 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN+; 8:20 a.m. ET on UniMás, TUDN
Kick off: 8:26 follow ET on ESPN2, ESPN+, UniMás, TUDN
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Today’s USMNT starting XI against Japan: 1-Matt Turner, 2-Sergiño Dest, 3-Walker Zimmerman (captain), 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
PLAY NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JAPAN
- USMNT starting XI cap numbers (including this game): 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 count of 20.
- Striker Gio Reyna makes his first international start in over a year, the last in El Salvador’s 0-0 draw to open 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on September 2, 2021. Reyna dons the shirt number 21 today, the same number his father Claudio wore a total of 42 times for the USMNT, including at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
- Defender Sam Vines makes his first USMNT appearance since the Concacaf Gold Cup final against Mexico on August 1, 2021 and gets his first start since the semi-final against Qatar on July 29, 2021. Thanks to this appearance against this year’s World Cup hosts, Vines is the only USMNT starter to have played against Asian Football Confederation opposition.
- After missing the March and June international windows, defender Sergiño Dest is making his first appearance since the January 30 World Cup qualifier in Canada.
- Walker Zimmerman captained the team 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 appearances in 2022.
- Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman team up in central defense for the 10e time. The USMNT is 7-1-1 when the veteran duo team up on the back line.
- Three holders have represented clubs here in Germany. Gio Reyna has played for Borussia Dortmund since 2019, Weston McKennie lined up for Schalke from 2017-2020 and Tyler Adams represented RB Leipzig from 2019-2022.
- If he were to take part in the game tonight, midfielder Kellyn Acosta will play against his father and grandmother’s country of birth.
- Christian Pulisic is absent from today’s list due to a knock he received in training earlier this week. He will be assessed on a daily basis for his availability to play against Saudi Arabia on September 27 in Murcia, Spain.
- The USMNT will dress 25 players, while Japan will dress 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 encounter, going 3-2 on February 10, 2006 in San Francisco.
- The USMNT is 36-9-9 in 54 games under Gregg Berhalter.
- Today’s game marks the team’s third neutral-site friendly under Berhalter. The United States picked up a 6-2 win over Panama on November 16, 2020 and a 4-1 win over Jamaica on March 25, 2021. Both matches were played in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
- Germany’s Felix Zwayer is the referee for tonight’s game. This is the first time he has refereed a USMNT game.
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