CHICAGO (June 21, 2022) – The U.S. men’s national team will face fellow World Cup finalists Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Along with games against Morocco and Uruguay, the USMNT will face four different World Cup teams before traveling to Qatar in November.
The US will face Japan for the first time on September 23 at a venue to be determined, with the match broadcast live on ESPN and Univision Networks. Four days later, the team will travel to Murcia, Spain to face Saudi Arabia on September 27 at the Estadio. Nueva Condomina. FS1 and Univision Networks will be streaming the games, with start times to be announced at a later date.
“We’re excited to be able to compare ourselves to other World Cup competitors,” said USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “Together with two games in June against Morocco and Uruguay, we will experience a wide variety of styles and quality opponents that will help us prepare for what awaits us at the World Cup in November.”
SAMURAI BLUE CHOOSE THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE WORLD CUP
USMNT will face a team participating in the seventh World Championship in a row since 1998. Trained by Hajime Moriyasu Samurai Blue finished the AFC qualifier with a record of 15-2-1, including an unbeaten 8-0-0 mark with 46 goals scored and only two conceded in their second round group. Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) and Yuya Osako (Vissel Kobe) led the team with 10 goals each.
The last time the United States and Japan met in a friendly match for the national team on February 10, 2006 in San Francisco. A goal and assist from Taylor Twellman combined with shots from Clint Dempsey and Eddie Pope led the USMNT to a 3-2 win.
AGAINST. GREEN FALCONS
USMNT brings a slight advantage to the seventh game in the history of the series, holding a record of 3-2-1. This will be the second neutral ground meeting when the US wins the bronze medal at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup after a 2-0 win in Guadalajara, Mexico. Team USA boss Gregg Berhalter earned his first cap for the Green Falcons back in 1994.
Saudi Arabia had an impressive showing during the World Cup qualifiers, finishing first in the second and third round groups with a 13-1-4 aggregate record, beating Japan in the third round of the Group B standings. All of their players were in the domestic league, with Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari each scored seven goals in qualifying.
The September matches in Europe will be the last opportunity for the United States to prepare for the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. USMNT, played alongside Wales, England and Iran in Group B, will compete in the strongest overall group in Qatar, with the four sides averaging 15th according to the March 2022 FIFA World Rankings.
The US men’s national team will open their World Cup group match against Wales on November 21, play England on Friday, November 25, and close out the first round against Iran on November 29. All three games of the US group stage will begin. weekend at 2:00 pm ET.
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP GROUPS:
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USAWales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi ArabiaMexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Republic of Korea