U.S. fall to disappointing 2-0 defeat against Japan in Dusseldorf


The United States got their World Cup preparations off to a poor start as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Japan in Dusseldorf,

Germany, in the first of two warm-up games before they travel to Qatar.

Daichi Kamada scored in the 24th minute while Kaoru Mitoma added another late on to leave manager Gregg Berhalter with plenty of issues. 

His side failed to register a shot on target for the first time in 15 matches.

Berhalter's team were without their talisman Christian Pulisic after it was announced before kickoff that the Chelsea forward had sustained a knock in training with the national side.

The U.S. face Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain, on Tuesday in their final match before Berhalter must submit his 26-man World Cup roster on Nov. 13.

"We need to play with personality," Berhalter said. "We need to play relaxed. 

We need to play with intensity. When we do these things, we're a really good team, but when we don't, we're an average team.

"It's not fair to say that everyone's on the block here. 

There's guys that have a lot of water under the bridge with this team and have played a lot of good games.

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