Our prediction for this match:
Japan and USA face each other at Merkur Spiel-Arena in what is expected to be an interesting friendly game. The Samurai Blue continue their preparations for the upcoming World Cup finals, and they will surely give 100% to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Brazil in their last warm-up game. A man to keep an eye on in the Asian team will be Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Scotland Premiership this term. Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Wataru Endo (Stuttgart), Daizen Maeda (Celtic), and Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04) made the cut as well.
The Yanks, on the other hand, qualified for the showpiece tournament in Qatar despite failing to impress in the WC qualifiers, but they produced a brilliant display in a 5-0 crushing of Grenada in the CONCACAF Nations League. Japan and USA seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. The Japanese back-line should have Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic at bay.
Highlighted Player (Wataru Endo):
Wataru Endo is a Japanese footballer who plays for Urawa Red Diamonds as a defender. Endo is a product of Shonan Bellmare youth academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level. After scoring 21 goals in 153 appearances (league) for the club the 178-cm tall centre-back moved to Urawa Red Diamonds in 2016 and he has been playing for the J1 League club ever since.
Endo won the AFC Champions League with Urawa in 2017 as the Reds defeated Al-Hilal in the final of the competition. The Japanese defender played 90 minutes in the victory over the Saudi Arabian side and the winning of the AFC Champions League trophy is considered the biggest success of his career.
Wataru Endo made his debut for Japan on August 2, 2015 in a 2-1 loss to Korea DPR at the EAFF E-1 Football Championship. In 2016 he was the AFC U-23 Championship trophy with the Samurai Blue. The Urawa Red Diamonds footballer was born in Totsuka-ku, Yokohama (Japan) on February 9, 1993.