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The US Soccer Federation showed a number of worrying signs in its 2-0 defeat to Japan on Friday, in the Yank’s second-to-last friendly match ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Honestly, it was a spoiled performance on the part of Greg Berhalter. With two freshmen missing due to injury and a lack of quality options in other positions, these are increasingly worrying times for the USMNT.

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Here are the players’ ratings from the USMNT’s defeat to Japan…

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GK – Matt Turner: 5 – As a shot-stopper, we know Turner is solid and more accomplished than Zach Stephen, who presumably isn’t. 1b/2 goalkeeper (though currently injured), but the 28-year-old Arsenal reserve was once again shaky in possession on Friday, giving the ball wide either directly or indirectly on a few occasions during a disastrous first half.

RB – Sergiño Dest: 5 – It’s quite clear that Berhalter wants the USMNT to advance the ball through midfield, which is a bit odd for someone who has stepped up to his current job by coaching a (largely) wing-based system at Columbus Crew. In theory, Berhalter should be great for Dest, who is doing his best to move on, but has been effectively reduced to staying at home in the current situation, which, unsurprisingly, does not fit the 21-year-old. All.

CB – Walker Zimmerman: 5.5 – He might be fine as a complement to a strong leader in the center of defence, but he was asked to be that main character.

CP – Aaron Long: 5 Not Long’s fault (Berhalter is the one who keeps calling him and starts him in a system terribly ill-suited to his own skill set, given the possession and passing demands placed on the system’s center back), but he is His problem (and America).

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LB- Sam Vines: 4 – Look, Anthony Robinson is the undisputed initiator, but he is currently injured. Vines would probably be the third choice at left-back (Dest would likely slide across the field for fielding in a full-team championship scenario), so it would likely be a moot point in regards to the World Cup, but Vines has often been beaten in the back while he is Offer anything to move forward.

DM – Tyler Adams: 5 – When you are unable to hold and move the ball, any semblance of midfield balance will be destroyed. It feels like wave after wave of pressure after the ball is cleared, and they were overwhelmed and outnumbered when they came back into their goal.

cm – Luca de la Torre: 5.5 – Tasked with bringing such much-needed passes to missing midfield Younes Musa, the new Celta Vigo man found himself under pressure and without much movement in front of him. Not a great setup for a one-dimensional midfielder.

CM – Weston McKinney: 4 It was hard to watch Makini giving the ball away (and then giving it up over and over) in the first half, whether the Japanese press was right in his face or not near him. The video below of Daichi Kamada’s goal starts right after McKennie plays a perfect through ball (towards his own goal) to unleash a Japanese counterattack with plenty of numbers and momentum.

RW – Brendan Aaronson: 6 It wasn’t pretty (or repetitive), but most of what the USMNT succeeded in creating (speculative shots either from a distance or from a crowd) came from/from Aaronson. His energy is a problem for opposing defensive units, but he’s the only one.

CF – Jesus Ferreira: 5.5 – Another anonymous performance from the USMNT Center Forward.

LW – Jio Reina: 5.5 He played only 45 minutes (unharmed) and had a very limited impact due to the lack of receiving the ball in the final third and not having a set of playing with Ferreira through the middle.

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Player ratings: USMNT has been outdone by Japan in every way Originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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