USA vs Japan time, TV channel, live stream, lineups, and betting odds for USMNT World Cup tuneup friendly

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Takumi Minamino of Japan and Christian Pulisic of USA split
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The USA begins its final international window before the 2022 FIFA World Cup with plenty of questions still left to answer.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter told the media that he has made decisions on roughly 23 of the players who will make the World Cup roster, but there are still a few places on the final 26-man squad that are up for grabs. The competition for the center-back and striker positions will likely influence those final selections.

The Friday matchup against fellow World Cup participants Japan (ranked No. 24 in the world) represents a difficult matchup against an experienced and improved Asian side. Japan reached the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, knocked out by Belgium in a 3-2 loss which saw Japan build a 2-0 lead before a late collapse in the final 20 minutes.

Japan's supporters expect the team to build on its knockout round qualification in 2018 and even shoot to go one step further and reach the quarterfinals. But they also realize they will have a tall task just getting out of their World Cup group: Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica join Japan with only two teams advancing

Following this match, the USA will swing over to Spain where they will meet Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Japan stay in Dusseldorf to take on Ecuador, also on Tuesday.

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USA vs Japan TV channel, live stream

  USA Japan
Date Friday, Sept. 21 Friday, Sept. 21
Time 8:26 a.m. ET 9:26 p.m. JST
TV channel ESPN2, TUDN, Unimas Fuji TV
Streaming fuboTVESPN+,
TUDN site/app,
Univision NOW
Fuji TV

USA: Friday's pre-World Cup friendly from Dusseldorf, Germany will be broadcast in both English (ESPN2) and Spanish (TUDN, UniMas) in the USA with both channels streamed on fuboTV.

Japan: In Japan, the friendly match can be found on Fuji TV, where most Japan national team games are broadcast, including the upcoming FIFA World Cup. 

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Japan vs. USA squad, lineups & team news

Matt Turner plays in goal behind the center-back pairing of Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman. Sam Vines is in for the injured Antonee Robinson at left-back, while Luca de la Torre starts for the injured Yunus Musah in midfield.

Up front, there's no Tim Weah on the roster due to injury, meaning Brenden Aaronson and Gio Reyna will see time on the wings with Christian Pulisic off the roster after picking up a knock in training.

USA starting lineup (4-3-3): 1-Turner (GK) — 2-Dest, 3-Zimmerman (capt.), 5-Long, 6-Vines — 8-McKennie, 4-Adams, 14-De la Torre — 11-Aaronson, 9-Ferreira, 21-Reyna.

USA subs (14): 18-Horvath (GK), 25-S. Johnson (GK), 20-Cannon, 16-McKenzie, 12-Palmer-Brown, 26-Scally, 22-Yedlin, 23-Acosta, 15-Cardoso, 17-Tillman, 7-Arriola, 13-Morris, 19-Pepi, 24-Sargent

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Japan head coach Hijime Moriyasu will hope to use the match to help him decide on his two starting winger positions. The competition to claim the right wing involves Junya Ito and Ritsu Doan with Ito getting the start, while Eintracht's Daichi Kamada gets a chance to show what he can do on the left with Takumi Minamino and Kaoru Mitoma the others in contention. Takefusa Kubo projects to line up in a more central attacking role in this game.

Schalke's 34-year-old Maya Yoshida, likely in his final World Cup cycle, will be relied upon to marshal the backline especially with Borussia Monchengladbach defender Ko Itakura suffering a partial MCL tear that has thrown his World Cup participation in doubt. Other center-back candidates for the final roster include Huddersfield Town starter Yuta Nakayama, who will instead have a chance to show his tactical flexibility at left back.

Japan starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 12-Gonda (GK) — 19-Sakai, 16-Tomiyasu, 22-Yoshida, 20-Nakayama — 6-Endo, 13-Morita — 14-Ito, 11-Kubo, 15-Kamada — 25-Maeda

Japan subs (15): Schmidt (GK), Tani (GK), Yamane, Taniguchi, Nagatomo, H. Ito, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Tanaka, Mitoma, Doan, Soma, Minamino, Furuhashi, Machino

Not on Japan's matchday squad are goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg), Ayumu Seko (Grasshoppers), Reo Hatate (Celtic), and Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge).

USA vs Japan betting odds

Odds via Caesars in USA and Sports Interaction in Canada.

The betting options for this international friendly are understandably limited, given that it's hard to know exactly how each team will approach the game. It's likely that both sides won't start their best players from the beginning as the head coaches look to give fringe players the chance to earn World Cup roster spots.

Japan are the slight favorite, as the team that dominated Asian World Cup qualifying, and a squad that is thought to be improved on the one that reached the Round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup and had Belgium on the ropes.

  Caesars Sports Interaction
Japan win +140 +149
Draw +210 +215
USA win +175 +175
Both teams
to score Y / N
-115 / -115 -122 / -127
Over / Under
2.5 goals
+115 / -145 +115 / -154
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Kyle Bonn is a soccer content producer for The Sporting News.
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