USA vs Japan: Coverage details for friendly
With both sides qualified for the 2022 World Cup, the friendly pitting the USA vs Japan now has coverage details.
By no means is this a competitive game. However, that does not mean it is insignificant. Both teams have this contest, then one more, before the World Cup in November. Therefore, this is a chance for both sides to see what players fit in the best. Plus, managers can begin to make a final decision as to who gets on the plane to Qatar.
This game, although it is USA vs Japan, actually takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany. A neutral site game before a neutral site tournament.
USA vs Japan coverage details
Kickoff time: 8:15 a.m. ET / 5:15 a.m. PT – Friday, Sep. 23
Watch now (in USA): Live on fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV and more
Commentators: Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman
US TV: Match is on ESPN2 and ESPN+
With the game happening in Germany, the 8:15 a.m. kickoff time for those on the east coast is the most practical overall. In Japan, the game does not start until 9:15 in the evening. Therefore, Germany, which is more or less in the middle of the two competing nations, puts the game on square in the middle of the day.
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This game is on ESPN2, with ESPN airing its usual morning shows and SportsCenter. With kickoff set for 8:15, expect 15 minutes of buildup coverage prior to kickoff.
Sam Borden is pitchside reporting while ESPN’s lead soccer commentators, Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman, are in the booth calling the game.
USA vs Japan
If anything, the USA vs Japan fixture just an opportunity for two sides to get experience in before returning back to the club side.
Remember, the World Cup is in November, and this game, as well as the following game against Saudi Arabia, is the last chance the USMNT has to play together in a live match until the World Cup opener against Wales.
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